Requirements below must be met in order to receive graduate credit (FOR545).
1. Lab is an integral component of the course. Although graduate students do not formally register for a lab section through the registrar, they must attend a lab section and complete all exercises.
2. Graduate students must demonstrate a higher level of understanding (compared to undergraduate students) of soil science, by
either (a) writing a paper that explores with a soil science topic of interest, (b) conducting a project on an aspect of
soil science related to their discipline, or (c) developing and testing a new lab instructional exercise. All topics/projects must be approved by Briggs.
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The paper/project report should cover the topic in sufficient depth, demonstrating synthesis of the relevant literature. Typically this translates to
10 - 20 double-spaced pages. Use the format from Soil Science Society of America
Journal Style manual link. The paper must be original (not recycled from another course -
the ESF universe is compact and we talk to each other). The paper must meet all standards of scientific and academic honesty
as defined in the ESF Student Handbook Code of Conduct and the Graduate Student Policies.
The following target dates will help you to organize your work and complete the paper by the end of the semester.
I will respond to all submissions and acknowledge receipt. If you do not receive a response from me in one business day, I may not be aware of your submission.
I am happy to provide feedback as you meet the following deadlines.
Updated on Sept. 5, 2017