Education and Outreach
Being located at an undergraduate institution, teaching is a major objective of the laboratory. This includes courses, student research, and outreach activities. Two students are also employed in the laboratory and are being trained in sample preparation, instrument operation, and data inspection.
The lab is used in the curriculum in multiple disciplines and in introductory through advanced courses. To date, this includes Geology 101 – Earth & Environment, Geology 370 – Earth Materials and Minerals, Geology 375 – Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Petrology, Chemistry 357 – Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry 358 – Instrumental Analysis, Geology/Chemistry/Physics 420 – Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis (new Spring 2012).
The lab is also involved in outreach activities. For example, the lab is open to the public during the science open house held in conjunction with the annual Math Field Day. We have also hosted groups of students in the Upward Bound program.