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STEM Ready Summer Research Institute 2023/2024; WCC: Lichens: Home

This guide was created for the 2023 STEM Summer Research Project


Welcome to the Research Guide for WCC and Mercy college students in the 2023 STEM Scholars Academy on Lichens!

This research guide is a collaboration between both schools that directs you to books, articles, databases, websites, organizations, and other resources to get you started. Please also consult with Librarian Prof. Gaskin-Noel from Mercy College.

If you have questions about your research, don't hesitate to get in touch with any of the following people:

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Mercy College STEM Ready SRI Research Guide

Research Topic

Are lichen an indicator of ecosystem health? OR The influence of various biotic and abiotic factors on the diversity of lichen in the ecosystem.

STEM Skills

  • Read peer-reviewed literature and create an annotated bibliography.
  • Understand and practice the scientific process in your discipline.
    • Hypothesis-driven research
    • Generate data
    • Interpret qualitative or quantitative data
    • Determine next steps
  • Lab competencies
  • Conduct hands-on experiments
  • Public speaking

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