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We are very excited to announce that the CSS department has invested in CAL to develop our lab into an educational resource for students across the Oregon State University campuses. We have three main avenues we are pursuing to enhance soils education: shared resources, method courses, and soils-related research consulting.
Our Laboratory has many resources that students are able to use themselves after appropriate training. This training is offered, for a fee ($40/hr), by CAL employees or the student’s adviser can train them on some procedures on their own. After the student is proficient in the method, we offer very low prices for said analyses just to cover the costs of consumables.
We will be teaching two, intensive methods courses this summer. They will be similar to the courses taught last year with improvements based on what we learned from the first time around. We have decided to pair down the topics covered, and focus on agricultural site assessment, and agriculturally relavent laboratory analyses. We will have a one-week intensive course on field methods that students and practitioners will need for the field. We will also offer a one-week intensive laboratory methods course where we introduce students to the theory and practice of laboratory skills needed to do standard soil testing. The links to syllabi on this page are from last year, but will give you an idea of what to expect.
CAL has a history of being a resource for new methods development. We are happy to work with professors or students to find and or develop a method that is appropriate for their specific research question. We recognize that there are a lot of scientific disciplines that are related to soil but the investigator may not know exactly what they need to test, how to process the soils, or how to set up the experimental design needed to get scientifically robust and statistically significant results. We offer consulting service to help design and implement soil related research to those in other disciplines.