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Thursday 12:00 SC301

Chemistry seminar provides an opportunity for professional development and to hear and discuss current scientific research. We shall dedicate a significant portion of class to recent scientific literature. This type of presentation is something most research groups do. The remainder of the course involves planning your future, defining and finding internship and post-college opportunities, as well as some sessions devoted to computer-based tools.

CHEM 280. Professional Tools for Scientific Careers (.25). Planning your future, defining and finding internship and post-college opportunities, locating useful technical literature, discussing scientific ethics and issues, and participating in peer review. One 1-hour period per week. Graded credit/no credit. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Chemistry 230 or sophomore standing.

CHEM 380. Chemistry Seminar (.5). Presentation and discussion of issues in chemistry, biochemistry, health, environment, and technology using current articles from the scientific literature as well as participation in professional development activities and engagement in peer review. The culminating project is a departmental presentation that includes synthesis of a body of work selected by the student. One 2-hour period per week. Offered each semester. (CP) Prerequisite: Chemistry 280 and senior standing.

The overall learning goal of the capstone course is to provide seniors an opportunity to develop and demonstrate the ability to comprehend a body of knowledge, to organize it, to extract from it what is most important, and to present a discussion of it that is logical and comprehensible. Seniors will be expected to use their prior knowledge and experience in chemistry and to provide a scientific perspective on the subject that is appropriate for the sophomores in the course.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Chem 280 and Chem 380 Chem 380 only
Jan 25 What did you do over the summer (newsletter)?
How do you record this on your resume? Use active verbs.
Hand in your written responses after class.
If you do not know what a resume is, see wikiHow.
What are some Chemistry Careers?
Finding a Topic or Thesis Statement. What chemistry-related topic do you plan to pursue this semester? What are your key articles? See the overall goal of this course listed in the paragraph above.
In class: Finding ACS articles
Feb 1 Bring a draft resume for review. See ACS or wikiHow.
In class: How do you ask for letters of recommendation? See wikiHow or DoTheLap.
Hand in revised resume after class.
Meet in SC401. In class: Figure Making (Reader, Chemdraw, ChemSpider, jsmol, Word).
Hand in exercise at end of class.
Feb 8 Bring a internship or job or summer research posting and your cover letter for that job.
In class: How would you modify for graduate school? Peace Corps?
Describe the job you want and showcase your experience.
Hand in revised cover letter after class.
Hand in topic or thesis statement.
For next class present the background information for your topic (why do I care?) and one key literature figure in a 5 minute presentation (2 or 3 slides at most). Can you explain your topic in common words?
Feb 15 Background Presentations (8 minute) and questions
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
Feb 22 We will meet in SC401. Before class sign up for Zotero account. If you bring your laptop, also download Zotero before class. See also the intro video.
Hand in exercise after class.
Additional Zotero tutorial references
For discussion, bring two literature articles that are related to the first and further develops your topic.  Papers will be integrated into a 12 minute literature presentation.
Hand in bibliography for your topic at the end of class.
Mar 1 Before class read "Defending Science in a Skeptical Society."
In class: Ethics, Scenarios and Nanochopsticks
A Crime in the Cancer Lab
Confronting sexual harassment in chemistry and NSF addresses sexual harassment by grantees
Hand in your written responses after class.
In class: Research Integrity, Truth and Consequences
Bring a draft of your 12 minute literature presentation for feedback and refinement.
Mar 2 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award
   Dr. Richard Alley - Ice is Nice: Through Deep Time to Our Future
   4:30 in Wilson Theatre
 
Mar 8 Literature Presentations (12 minute) and questions
1. Michael
2. Saeed
3. Preston
Hand in form for each presentation.

Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
Begin preparations for final presentation that adds another paper and builds on the previous papers.
Tell Me A Story!

Midterm
Mar 22 Literature Presentations (12 minute) and questions
1. Chelsea
2. Gabriel
Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Hand in title for final presentation.
Mar 29 Excel modeling. We will meet in SC401.
Hand in exercise after class.
Bring a draft of your final presentation for feedback and refinement.
Apr 5 Self-Presentation in the Workplace
Jessica Fox_Wilson (LAPC)
Bring a draft of your final presentation for feedback and refinement.
Apr 12 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes). Meet in SC150.
1. Saeed
2. Preston
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement
Apr 26 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes). Meet in SC150.
1. Michael
2. Chelsea
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement
May 3 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes). Meet in SC150.
1. Gabriel
2.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.

Last updated February 14, 2018 by George Lisensky

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