We have developed or adapted multi-week laboratory projects to provide students with an authentic research experience using Atomic Absorbance Spectroscopy. The courses range from introductory courses (non-majors and majors) to upper level courses to semester (or longer) biology and chemistry research projects. The courses also represent a mixture of biology, biochemistry and chemistry classes.

We also have used the rubric to assess multi-week laboratory projects in other courses where AAS wouldn’t be used- for example, Organic Chemistry II or other student research projects (Seminar & Research course). The rubric has also been useful on assignments unrelated to those of an authentic research experience, for example, student presentations and papers in courses such as Drugs (Medicinal Chemistry).

Summer Bridge STEM Program: Lead in juice
Matter and Energy (Non-majors’ Chem 101): Water quality assessment
General Chemistry II: Phytoremediation of Cu-contaminated soils (J. Chem. Ed. (2009), 86, 726)
Environmental Chemistry: Arsenic in clay samples
Analytical Chemistry: Analysis of watershed metal ion content
Plant Physiology: The effects of soil contamination on plant fitness
Environmental Toxicology: Biomonitoring of arsenic
Foundational Biochemistry: Metal ion binding to human serum albumin
Sustainable Agriculture: Soil nutrient assessment

Student Research:

  • Foliar analysis of organic blueberry plants
  • Manganese in well water
  • Arsenic in clay samples