What is the impact of human activity on our local rivers and lakes?
Day1: Watershed is a year-long program that offers you the opportunity to engage in the efforts of our local community to improve the water quality of the greater Holland area and larger Lake Michigan ecological systems. You and your classmates will use your knowledge of science, mathematics and engineering to tackle this environmental challenge.
Before classes begin, immerse yourself in this research program alongside other first-year students and devoted faculty. In the field, you and your team will measure sedimentation rates and the level of phosphate runoff into Lake Macatawa. In the lab, you’ll use advanced laboratory equipment and techniques to identify and quantify the microbial populations found within the watershed.
At the end of each semester, you and your team will assess your research using statistical analysis and present your findings. Your research will help the on-going remediation efforts of the community based program, Project Clarity, which aims to improve water quality throughout the entire Lake Macatawa watershed.
- Combines a first-year seminar course with a year-long introductory science lab that replaces a chemistry lab and a biology lab
- Begins with a week-long, pre-college experience collecting samples, exploring the local watershed and working in the lab
- Work to improve the Holland community by studying the impacts of human activity on the Lake Macatawa watershed by measuring water purity and microbial populations
- Live with students interested in science, math and engineering your first year in a vibrant living-learning community based in the recently updated Lichty Hall
- Meet peer research mentors — older students whose experience will help guide you during your first year at Hope — during the pre-college research experience.
A. Paul Schaap Science Center35 East 12th StreetRoom 3207Holland, MI 49423