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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.

Schedule

Chem 280 and Chem 380 Chem 380 only
Aug 31 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
Sep 7 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.
In class: Figure Making (Reader, Chemdraw, ChemSpider, jsmol, Word). Meet in SC401.
Hand in exercise at end of class.
Sep 14 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 classes 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?
Sep 21 Background Presentations (5 minute) and questions
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Sep 28 Background Presentations (5 minute) and questions
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Tell Me A Story!
Oct 5 Before class sign up for Zotero account. We will meet in SC401. If you bring your laptop, also download Zotero before class. See also the intro video.
Hand in exercise after class.
Additional Zotero tutorial references
Hand in bibliography for your topic at the end of class.
Oct 12 Before class read "Defending Science in a Skeptical Society."
In class: Ethics, Scenarios and Nanochopsticks
In class: Research Integrity
For next classes present a second literature article that is related to the first and continues to develop the topic in a 9 minute presentation.
Midterm
Oct 26 Literature Presentations (9 minute)
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Hand in title for final presentation
Nov 2 Literature Presentations (9 minute)
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Hand in form for each presentation.
For next classes present a research topic that adds a third paper and builds on the previous two papers in a 14 minute presentation.
Nov 9 Departmental Presentations (14 minute). Meet in SC402.
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Nov 16 Departmental Presentations (14 minute). Meet in SC402.
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Nov 23 Thanksgiving
Nov 30 Departmental Presentations (14 minute). Meet in SC402.
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Hand in form for each presentation.
Feedback
Dec 7 Excel modeling. We will meet in SC401.
Hand in exercise after class.

Last updated August 12, 2017 by George Lisensky