How to email us (VERY important)
Make sure and head up each message with a subject line as follows:
ESRM100 "subject" "firstname" "lastname" "studentnumber"
Where "subject" is the subject of your message, "firstname" is your first name, "lastname" is your last name and "studentnumber" is your student number, particularly if you are not using a UW email address to send your message. For instance, if I sent a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, it might read:
ESRM100 project topic Rob Harrison 8734567
ESRM100 Project Instructions
Note: All projects sent by email must contain your first and last name in the filename and the date submitted in the format LastFirstYYMMDD. For instance, if you submit a word document, the following format will be best:
would be the project name that Rob would submit on April 6, 2012, for instance.
The project will entail some aspect of Environmental Science.
The Odegaard Writing Center is a good resource for help on any writing assignments: http://depts.washington.edu/owrc/
You need to email email@example.com by the date on the class syllabus.
Note: Life happens and sometimes there are crises, but any request for changes to project deadlines or exceptions to these instructions must be made before the deadline on the syllabus, and must be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com. Please do not ask TAs at exams or during office hours for exceptions to project due dates.
The project writeup is due at the date on the class syllabus. Please turn in your project writeup by email with the project as an attached file. Late projects will be deducted 10% for the first week after the due date (Tuesday-Monday). Another 10% will be deducted for every week late. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure that you receive and keep the response from eschelp that shows that we received your project OK. If there is any question about whether or not you turned in your project on time, our email back to you that we received it OK is your proof that you did. Otherwise, any late Projects will need to be graded as late in fairness to the students that did turn in projects on time.
A Research Paper
Choose an environmental topic/issue that interests you and do a literature search on it. This research project should involve some environmental science topic which is important to human society. The paper should contain a minimum of at least 8 typewritten pages (around 3000 words) of your own written text, double spaced and 12 Times New Roman font. Figures, tables, quoted text and/or photos add to the paper, but do not count toward the 8 page minimum (for any credit at all) of written material. If the project is not at least 8 pages long, it will be returned ungraded. It is best to write more than 8 pages to make sure. (Please reduce the file size of any photos you attach so that they are appropriate for email.) Your report will be graded on content, research effort, organization and writing (including English, grammar, spelling etc.).
Remember to reference all of your sources and be careful not to plagiarize (see plagiarism-policy.html for a description of plagiarism and how to avoid it). Additionally, this paper should include a literature cited (bibliography) section at the end referencing all your information sources (see below for examples). You should cite at least 8 different references in your paper for each participant; at least 4 of these references (per participant) must be from a source other than a website.
The content score will be negatively affected if the paper is just a series of quotations. Quoted material is also not part of the 8 pages of your text. Though this is not plagiarism, it is poor writing. The paper needs to portray the knowledge you have gained from your research. Your opinion is welcome in this paper, but it must be supported with more than just your opinion. Published reference materials can greatly support an opinion.
This option requires you to read a book from the list below. These fiction or non-fiction books cover an environmental issue. You will have to write a book report summarizing the main theme, the environmental message of the book, whether you agree with the message of the book, and if the environmental issue is still relevant. The book report must be 5 pages (around 1800 words), double spaced, and 12 point font. The 5 pages of written material is your own personal writing, and figures, tables, quoted text, and other material does not count toward this total. If the project is not at least 5 pages long, it will be returned ungraded. It is best to write more than 5 pages to make sure.
Your report will be graded on content, organization and writing (including English, grammar, spelling etc). If you use references, please follow the citation examples below. Remember to reference all of your sources and be careful not to plagiarize (see plagiarism-policy.html for a description of plagiarism and how to avoid it).
A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold
The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan
Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
The Milagro Bean Field War - John Nichols
The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey
Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Environmental Service Option
This option involves choosing a local environmental organization/agency and volunteering (Volunteer opportunities) for at minimum 3 hours. You are required to work with the organization during the entire scheduled work party time (note that if the work party you attend is less than 3 hours you will need to volunteer two separate times to fulfill your project requirements). After your volunteer work, write a minimum of 2 completely full typewritten pages and greater than 700 words of your written text, double spaced, and 12 Times New Roman font about what you did, why the organization/agency needed this work, and how this work contributes to our environment. Please include a cover sheet with your name and student number. The 2 pages of your written text is the minimum to receive a grade. These typewritten pages are to be your own words and other material (photos, tables, reference section, quoted material, etc.) do not count toward the page total. Reports less than 2 pages can't receive any credit. Photos of your activity will add credit, particularly if they clearly explain what you did and how it helped the environment with good captions.
Research of your own that helps explain the history and environmental significance of your volunteer work is required to receive an average grade. Quotes, ideas and paraphrased material must have citations both in the body of the text and in a references section. If you reference any organizations or cite any information please include a literature cited section (bibliography) at the end referencing all your information sources (see below for examples). Your report will be graded on completeness, content, environmental impact, organization, and writing (including English, grammar, spelling etc.) in addition to your volunteer effort.
Completion of the service work option will also require an email notification from the organization/agency that you did in fact contribute at least one entire scheduled work time and when that work was accomplished. Have this email sent to: email@example.com. The volunteer organization must indicate the number of hours you worked. An incomplete volunteer shift will be given less than full credit. Reports that do not meet the minimum of 2 full pages of description of your project in your words cannot receive any credit.
After the required project is done (either option 1, 2 or 3), Option 3 can be repeated for additional credit. Follow the same instructions as above and submit it as an extra credit when the required project is due by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. A maximum of 0.2 points can be added to your final grade for choosing this additional work.
Remember to reference all of your sources and be careful not to plagiarize (see plagiarism-policy.html for a description of plagiarism and how to avoid it).
To see a list of volunteer organizations, click here.
No-Shows: Important note: Do not sign up for a volunteer event and then not attend. Do let us know well in advance if you will not be able to attend after signing up. Many volunteer events will fill, and if you take up a spot from another student in a full event if you don't then attend. If you are a "no-show" 0.1 points will be deducted from your final grade.
If you wish to receive a 'W' credit for the course, the paper you write will need to fulfill the criteria set forth in the 'W' Credit Requirements Page in addition to the criteria set forth for Project Option #1. We require that there be at least 10-15 pages of your written material for W credit. Figures, tables, quoted text and/or photos add to the paper, but do not count toward the 10-15 page minimum. If the project is not at least 10 pages long, it cannot earn W credit per University policy. It is best to write significantly more than 10 pages to be sure. Make sure and put "Project 4 W credit" both in the filename of drafts and final reports, and also on the first (title) page of your reports.
Earning an average, above average, and excellent grade: Some students in the past have expressed that if they follow the instructions, they expect a perfect grade. Please don't think this, as you are likely to be disappointed if you make a modest effort and expect an "A" grade. It is extremely difficult for a student to earn a nearly perfect grade. Remember that a 94% final percentage grade (including any "curve" which is applied) is a 4.0, the highest grade possible for the class. It will be very hard to justify a grade of 94% or higher unless the GoPost is truly outstanding, unique (not repeating material) and you can demonstrate that to me.
Here is an example of a research paper with citations in the form we would prefer: