Graduates of the College of Agriculture are required to take a ‘capstone course,’ which helps students integrate their classroom instruction, summer camp, internship and applied research experiences. For NRES majors the capstone experience is NRE 471, Senior Problem in Natural Resources. In this course, students examine in detail a natural resource or environmental problem in Kentucky. Through a team-approach, students conduct extensive field work, research, analysis, and prepare a report which includes recommendations to address the targeted problem. Their work culminates in one or more publications and an oral presentation to other UK students, faculty, and off-campus stakeholders. The capstone course gives students the opportunity to work closely with natural resource professionals and community stakeholders in a pre-professional context, providing a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. During this experience, NRES students enhance their workplace skills, professionalism, teamwork, and technical expertise.
Natural resource capstone classes have covered a myriad of topics over the years, including elk reintroduction in Eastern Kentucky, campus sustainability, solid waste management at UK, and environmental impacts of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
2016 Bluegrass Greensource
Publications: 2016 Captsone Report
2015 McConnell Springs Nature Park: An Urban Gem of Ecological Diversity
Publications: 2015 Captsone Report
2014 "Evaluating the UK-LFUCG Arboretum and State Botanical Garden"
Publications: 2014 Capstone Report
2013 "Urban Forestry in Lexington, KY"
Publications: 2013 Capstone Report
There was no course in calendar year 2012 because the meeting pattern changed from Fall to Spring.
2011 "Assessing Water Quality in the Inner Bluegrass"
Publications: 2011 Summary
2010 “Improving Habitat for Native Wildlife in Fayette County, Kentucky”
Publications: 2010 Summary