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Introduction to Research: A New Course for First-Year Undergraduate Students

Introduction to Research is a 4-credit elective course designed for first-year undergraduate students who have a strong interest in the chemical sciences and scientific research. The rich yet accessible field of gold nanoparticles was the theme connecting a multifaceted teaching/learning experience.... Full description

Journal Title: Journal of Chemical Education September 2018, Vol.95(9), p.1526
Main Author: Chen, Wei
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ID: ISSN: 0021-9584 ; E-ISSN: 1938-1328 ; DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00102
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description: Introduction to Research is a 4-credit elective course designed for first-year undergraduate students who have a strong interest in the chemical sciences and scientific research. The rich yet accessible field of gold nanoparticles was the theme connecting a multifaceted teaching/learning experience. In the first unit, students were introduced to the various research topics through searching, reading, discussing, presenting, and writing about primary literature. In the second unit, students carried out synthesis and characterization of spherical gold nanoparticles using prescribed protocols to gain some general knowledge and hands-on skills. Writing a full laboratory report on the laboratory module helped students develop intellectual appreciation of the discipline and greatly enhanced their scientific writing skills. In the last unit, each student pair carried out one research-style project in order to gain a more comprehensive experience with the complex nature of scientific inquiry. Students gained competency and confidence through working with a teammate; coming up with a research idea; designing experiments; writing a proposal; conducting experimental work; learning laboratory safety; collecting, managing, and analyzing data; problem-solving; revising experimental design; and presenting research findings to the class. To jump-start their research career on campus, each student arranged meetings with the instructor and another chemistry faculty followed by a presentation on their research topics. This course has been offered twice, in the spring semesters of 2016 and 2017. Course evaluations and postcourse assessment indicated positive short- and intermediate-term student outcomes.
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