[F&ES 667b] / 2019-2020

Seminar in Freshwater Topics

Credits: 1

Spring 2020: Time and location TBA

This seminar is intended to convene F&ES students doing research on, or simply with a keen interest in, the array of issues pertaining to freshwater sustainability.  It’s for one credit, meets once a week, and only for an hour.  The overall goal of the course is to get students talking, thinking together, and learning from one another about those aspects of freshwater availability, protection, quality, and supply that excite them the most.  There will be two kinds of class sessions.  A paper session will involve discussion of a water-related article that is selected by a student and read by everyone else.  A research session will be similarly interactive, but will focus on one student’s research and will involve a 15-30 minute presentation of the research followed by a class discussion.  Although there’s no expectation that the student research will be a “finished piece,” the research session will provide the class an opportunity to learn about a pressing water-related problem and an approach for addressing it, and, equally as important, enable presenters to gain feedback, new perspectives, and advice in overcoming obstacles encountered in their research.  The paper sessions can be led by anyone, while the research session will most likely be appropriate for second-year Master’s students or PhD students.