Seminar in Chemistry
Drs. Gull, Pfaff, and Wistrom
Time: Friday, 12:00-12:50
Chemistry Library, S 303
This is the course description from the College catalog:
460. Seminar in Chemistry 1 hour
A seminar which focuses on chemical literature and careers in chemistry and related fields. Students will conduct literature research and present their results in writing and orally to the students and faculty of the department. Discussion topics include literature usage, writing in chemistry, professional ethics and research honesty, career exploration, job searching, resumes, and interviewing. Students may propose relevant topics for discussion.
There are two required texts for this course:
The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science, Jeffrey Kova, Prentice Hall, 2003.
Write Like a Chemist, Marin Robinson, Fredricka Stoller, Molly Costanza-Robinson, and James Jones, Oxford, 2008.
This is the sixth time this course has been offered and we admit that we’re still tuning the course as we go. Our interest is to make the course as valuable for you as possible. We know the basic topics, although you may suggest additional topics.
Our topic list looks like this:
writing in chemistry
“holy grails” of chemistry
current topics in chemistry
professional ethics and research honesty
career exploration - traditional and alternative
grad school (GRE, assistantships, fellowships)
We will begin with the first two topics, but then the order may be changed. A few topics are best handled by the Career Development director and we will schedule those to accommodate him.
There are three principal components to your grade in Seminar. First, class participation is essential. We will have class discussions and activities and your complete participation is expected. Second, one of the stated goals of seminar is to examine chemical literature and writing in chemistry. To that end, you will perform literature research and report that research both orally and in writing. Our goal is for your written paper to be in the format of a chemical journal article, while the oral presentations will take the form of a professional meeting.
Your paper will be submitted to turnitin.com. Our class ID is XXXXXXXX and the enrollment password is yyyyyy.
If you are a student with a disability, kindly meet with me immediately to discuss the accommodations you will need during class activities, examinations, and out of class assignments in order to participate fully and demonstrate your abilities.