FOR 545


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.

Fall 2018 Target Dates for Graduate Student Papers/Projects

September 5 - Selection of topic/project: preliminary title and an outline of paper. Submit word document via email.

October 3 - Preliminary annotated bibliography (about 20 references) formatted according to SSSAJ style manual. Submit word document via email.

November 7 - First draft is due. This is your opportunity to obtain a critical review with detailed comments in sufficient time for you to make revisions. Submit word document via email.

December 7 - Final draft must be submitted by the last day of classes (both hard copy and electronic - Word.doc copy required).

Updated on May 3, 2018