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Research HighlightSchool of Earth & Environmental Sciences has an active research faculty, conducting research over a wide range of geological and environmental topics. Much faculty and student research takes advantage to a number of local and regional excellent field sites. In addition, a number of current projects are larger in scope and multi-disciplinary and collaborated by dozens of affiliated faculty located at the WSU Campus, at WSU campuses around the state, and at other institutions and agencies.
SEES Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students have access to several reasearch facilities across the WSU campus. For example, the GeoAnalytical Laboratory at Washington State University houses various analytical instruments, including an electron microprobe, an X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), three inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS) for major elements, trace elements, rare earth elements, and isotope ratios, and a gas source mass spectrometer for oxygen, carbon and hydrogen isotope ratio determinations.
The School maintains close research ties with federal agencies, mining, oil, and environmental companies, and regional consulting companies. Strong ties with Hanford Nuclear Reservation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer additional, unique research opportunities for student research.
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