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K-State Today Student Edition

December 17, 2013



Undergraduate natural resources and environmental science presentations schedule for Dec. 20

By Shawn Hutchinson

Undergraduate students from the fall 2013 capstone course of the natural resources and environmental sciences secondary major will present their final research projects at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Room 226 of the K-State Student Union.The public is encouraged to attend.

A total of 18 students in three project groups will present on topics including ecosystem goods and services, expansion of Red Cedar, or Juniperus virginiana, trees, and the role of citizen science in water quality monitoring. 

The secondary major prepares students to apply broadly based scientific knowledge to the use, management, sustainability and assessment of soil, air, water, mineral, biological, and energy resources. Represented in this semester’s class are eight academic majors from three colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences and Engineering.

Shawn Hutchinson, interim director of the natural resources and environmental sciences secondary major, sees its as a key undergraduate component in in the K-State 2025 visionary plan.

“Students involved in our program represent the foundation for building a strong environmental and sustainability community on our campus regardless of you major field of study," he said. "This community experience culminates in the capstone course by immersing students in a multidisciplinary research project that highlights why an appreciation for, and use of, different perspectives and techniques is so important to solving our many environmental grand challenges.” 

More information about the natural resources and environmental sciences program can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/nres.