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Practical Exams

The practical exam is designed to assess whether a student has accomplished the MS program goals:

  • Mastery of substantive knowledge
  • Proficiency in geotechniques
  • Development of analytical and communication skills

The exam will last exactly one week during which time students are expected to better define their research question, collect appropriate data to answer their question, analyze the data, and write up the results. Final reports should be no longer than 20 pages, double spaced. More detailed information about the practical exam can be found in the Guide to Graduate Studies. Below is a selection of practical exam questions and answers.


Alex Kostik. A Local Case Study of Area Wide Conservation Mapping: Southampton Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Question Answer

Rachel Hager. A Comparison of nitrate (NO3) and silica (SiO2) concentrations in Canajoharie Creek, NY and Conodoguinet Creek, PA. QuestionAnswer

Maegan Ferry. Practical Exam. Question Answer

Michael Stoehr. Hydrogeologic Assessment of a Proposed Municipal Well Site: Shippensburg, PA. Question Answer


Shannon Bell. A Review of Adaptations to Sea Level Rise and Their Applications to Upshur Neck Peninsula, Accomack County, Virginia. Question Answer

Kelsey Killhoffer. A Water Quality Study of Middle Spring Creek and Burd Run, Shippensburg, PA: An Assessment of In Situ Water Quality-indicator Parameters. QuestionAnswer

Tom Allison. A Spatial and Demographic Analysis of Communities of Origin for U.S. Military Personnel. Question Answer

Ashley Moyer. Analysis of Elevation Effects on Various Weather Conditions. Question Answer

Brianne Campbell. Evaluation and Protection of the Tomstown Aquifer in Western Cumberland County, PA. Question Answer

Emily Grabenstein. Developing and Agricultural Land Preservation Priority Map for Southampton Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania using Land Evaluation and Site Assessment.QuestionAnswer

Brett Gildner. Investigating the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Maritime Forests, Chincoteague Bay Region, Virginia.QuestionAnswer

Matthew Kime. Developing a Monitoring Plan for Phosphorus Load Reductions in the Rowe Run Watershed, South-Central Pennsylvania.QuestionAnswer

Dana Heston. Total Carbonate Hardness in Cumberland Valley Groundwater.QuestionAnswer

Gary Greening. Evaluating the Impacts of Parks, Recreation, and Other Open Space Areas on Property Values: A Case Study of South Middleton Township.QuestionAnswer

Cody Frick. An Updated Analysis of Shippensburg University's COOP and Automated Weather Station Datasets.QuestionAnswer

Joe Galella. Urbanization of Carlisle, Pennsylvania and its Environmental Effects. Question Answer


Molly Moore. Exploring the Impacts of Urban Development on Fluvial Systems in a Karst Landscape, Burd Run Watershed, South-Central Pennsylvania.QuestionAnswer

Gon Park. Variable Rankings in Cost-Benefits from Installing Green Roofs in Ten Cities in the United States.QuestionAnswer

Corey Pelow. Preparation of an Advanced High School Lesson Plan for Global Climate Change.QuestionAnswer

Gus Frederick. An Evaluation of the Demographic and Economic Components of Franklin County Forward.QuestionAnswer

Michael Griesemer.Assessment of the Urban Heat Island in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.QuestionAnswer

Alyssa Lynd.Rainfall Runoff Modeling for a Small Urbanizing Sub-Watershed in the Upper Delaware River Basin.QuestionAnswer

Graham Markowitz. Examining Streamflow Variations and Controlling Geologic Factors of Big Spring Creek.QuestionAnswer


Kristina Everetts. Hydrologic Impacts of Exceeding Zoning Ordinances on Impervious Lot Coverage: TR-55 Modeling of Three Zoning Districts in Shippensburg Borough.QuestionAnswer

Olivia Mowery. Open Access Resources, the Urban Heat Island Effect and Implementation of Mitigation Stategies in the City of Harrisburg, City of Philadelphia, and the Borough of Shippensburg.QuestionAnswer

Stephanie Kieffer. Comparison of Discharge Characteristics at Three Stream Gauge Sites along the Susquehann River Using Mulitple Statistical Techniques.QuestionAnswer

Rachel Ralls. Spatial Analysis of Land Trust Activities in the United States. Question Answer

Marlin Gruver. Analysis of Urban Tree Ordinances through a Tree Ordinance Audit System.QuestionAnswer

Scott Harris. Current Land Use Patterns and Urban and Agricultural Land Use Change from 1989 to 2011 in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and Surrounding Municipalities.QuestionAnswer

Kevin Eaton. Incorporating the Adaptive Model of Human Thermal Comfort into HVAC Protocols and Efficiency at Shippensburg University: A Case Study.QuestionAnswer


Michael Stefanic. Mapping Ghost Forest Development on Assateague Island; Eastern Shore, Virginia. QuestionAnswer

Keri Simmons. A Hydrologic Study of the Middle Spring Creek near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.QuestionAnswer

Rick Kaiser. A Hydrologic Study of Shippensburg University Campus: Preparations for a New Irrigation Well.QuestionAnswer

Neal Kerrigan. Assessing the Proper Theory in Relation to Using Chosen Methodology of Geophysical Surveys at Three Sites.QuestionAnswer

Trent Otis. Evaluating the Influence of Population and Job Growth on Urban Change within Four Counties in Maryland. Question Answer

Matthew Krapf. Evaluation GIS for Municipality Management. Question Answer

Hannah Kubach. Wine Grape Suitability and Quality in a Changing Climate: An Assessment of Adams County, Pennsylvania (1950-2099). Question Answer

Brandon Duxbury. Planning for the Olympics: A Transportation SWOT Analysis of Vancouver. Question Answer

Christina Bohensky. An Evaluation of the Demographic and Economic Components of Moving Fulton Forward: A Joint Comprehensive Plan. Question Answer

Laurie Young. Climate and Hydrology of Big Spring Creek, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Question Answer


Scott Evans. Current Trends among Imigrant Populations in the U.S. QuestionAnswer

Jacob Ward. Critical Habitat for the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel. QuestionAnswer

Michael Maret. Priority Funding Area Effectiveness with Prince George's County, Maryland. QuestionAnswer

Mark Jackson. Using the Stream Visual Assessment Protocol for Middle Spring Creek. QuestionAnswer

Mark Mishler. Link between Surface Runoff and Groundwater Discharge. QuestionAnswer


Eric Atkins. Landscape changes around Gunpowder State park. QuestionAnswer

William Pompeii. Assessment of the urban heat island for the borough of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. QuestionAnswer

Karen Stretton. Evaluation of land use change in the Little Conestoga Watershed, 1984 to 2006. QuestionAnswer


Albert Beck. An analysis of Shippensburg University’s COOP and automated weather station datasets. QuestionAnswer

Scott Donohue. A local case study of area-wide conservation mapping. QuestionAnswer

Jeremiah Greenland. Simulated gasoline release. QuestionAnswer

Kathleen Kelliher. The spatial pattern and diffusion of land trusts in the United States. QuestionAnswer

Russel Robertson. Comparing the success and/or failure of two urban renewal efforts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. QuestionAnswer

Saidet Saldutti. Spatial trends of groundwater quality in Cumberland County, PA. QuestionAnswer

Kathleen Seiler. The evolving missions of land trusts. QuestionAnswer

Katherine Shuren. An analysis of climate trends along the Appalachian Trail and its potential effects on thru-hiking. QuestionAnswer


Noah D'Antonio. A Preliminary assessment of ten watersheds intersecting Albemarle County, Virginia. QuestionAnswer

Megersa Deyessa. A geospatial anaylsis of Kmart and Sears. QuestionAnswer

Danielle Doyle. A thermal analysis of a small apartment. QuestionAnswer

Melissa Mimna. Modeling the effects of increasing impervious surface allowances on stormwater runoff: Shippensburg Borough, Pennsylvania. QuestionAnswer



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