Title

Techniques in Chemistry: The Centerpiece of a Research-Oriented Curriculum

ACS Citation

Hanks, T. W.; Wright, L. L. Techniques in Chemistry: The Centerpiece of a Research-Oriented Curriculum. J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1127-1127.

Abstract

The creation and continuation of an active undergraduate research program sometimes requires heroic efforts on the part of the faculty. The burden is substantially less in an institution that has developed a culture of research. In response to the adoption of an unusual academic calendar, the Chemistry Department at Furman University created a curriculum designed to prepare students for a meaningful research experience. The cornerstone of this educational strategy is the Techniques in Chemistry laboratory course. Meeting daily for eight weeks, the course trains students in the art of synthetic chemistry while developing the auxiliary skills?literature searching, writing, time management, etc.?required of the practicing scientist. The course culminates with "near-research" experiments that introduce students to the excitement and demands of genuine research within the context of an organized laboratory exercise. After completing the course, students are able to begin undergraduate research projects with confidence and to approach problems with a greater degree of chemical sophistication. The creation and continuation of an active undergraduate research program sometimes requires heroic efforts on the part of the faculty. The burden is substantially less in an institution that has developed a culture of research. In response to the adoption of an unusual academic calendar, the Chemistry Department at Furman University created a curriculum designed to prepare students for a meaningful research experience. The cornerstone of this educational strategy is the Techniques in Chemistry laboratory course. Meeting daily for eight weeks, the course trains students in the art of synthetic chemistry while developing the auxiliary skills?literature searching, writing, time management, etc.?required of the practicing scientist. The course culminates with "near-research" experiments that introduce students to the excitement and demands of genuine research within the context of an organized laboratory exercise. After completing the course, students are able to begin undergraduate research projects with confidence and to approach problems with a greater degree of chemical sophistication.

Source Name

Journal of Chemical Education

Publication Date

1-1-2002

Volume

79

Issue

9

Page(s)

9518-9526

Document Type

Citation

Citation Type

Article