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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 2019 Schedule

Chem 280 and Chem 380 (2:00-3:00 p.m.) Chem 380 only (3:00-3:50 p.m.)
January 25 What did you do over the summer and/or winter break (newsletter)?
How do you record experiences on your resume? Use active verbs.
Hand in your written response of experiences after class.
If you do not know what a resume is, see wikiHow.
Introduction to the Chemistry and Biology of Vision.
Select a set of papers to present.
February 1 Before class:
Print 10 currently advertised jobs, research experiences, or internships that highly interest you. Bring a draft resume for review. See ACS or wikiHow.
In class:
Performing a skills inventory and asking for letters of recommendation? See wikiHow or DoTheLap.
Hand in revised resume after class.
In class:
Figure Making (Reader, Chemdraw, ChemSpider, jsmol, Word).
Hand in exercise at end of class.
February 8 Before class:
Select one advertised job, research experience, or internship and prepare a cover letter for your application.
In class:
Using your skills inventory to plan and modifying your cover letter for other purposes.
Describe the job you want and showcase your experience.
Hand in revised cover letter after class.
Bovine Eye Dissection
February 15 Excel modeling. We will meet in SC401.
Hand in exercise after class.
Bring the Background section of your presentation for feedback.
February 22 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
February 27 LAPC Workshop: Workplaces as Cultures (12:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. in SC 150 [RSVP Required])
Required Readings:
WTF IS Organizational Culture?
Why Are So Many Zappos Employees Leaving?
Four Tendencies Personality Quiz [bring your Four Tendencies type with you to the session]
Four Ways to Incorporate Feminism in the Workplace
March 1 Introduction to the Chemistry and Biology of Vision 1. and 2. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
March 8 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
1.
2.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
3. and 4. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
March 15 Midterm Break Midterm Break
March 22 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
3.
4.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
5. and 6. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
March 29 Advising Practicum Advising Practicum
April 5 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
5.
6.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
7. and 8. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
April 12 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
7.
8.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
9. and 10. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
April 26 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
9.
10.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.
11. and 12. Discuss Final Draft of Presentation.
May 3 Departmental Presentations (20 minutes).
11.
12.
Hand in form for each presentation.
Discuss feedback and areas for improvement.

Last updated January 7, 2019 by Ted Gries

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