A red fishing house and several students near the edge of a frozen lake with a hilly shoreline

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Cores and Undergraduate Education

Lakes are fantastic vehicles for education: their study integrates physics, chemistry, and biology, along with numerous geoscience subdisciplines and even the humanities (e.g., history, sociology, literature, art). There is truly something in lake core research to intrigue every student.  

CSDCO advocates for using cores in place-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. Our personnel regularly go into the field with undergraduate courses to collect cores, and then host the students and faculty in the lab to describe and analyze cores, subsamples, and water chemistry data for laboratory exercises. 

This research has been also adapted into a laboratory exercise for UMN’s introductory Earth Sciences survey course.