CHEM 397 - Research Methods and Practice (1)

The primary purpose of the course will be a hands-on research experience as part of a faculty-led research or scholarly project.  Students must be accepted into a research group before adding the course, with priority given to majors who have completed CHEM 231/260.  In fall, all undergraduate researchers will meet periodically to evaluate the chemical literature, review safety and give an informal presentation.  In addition, the faculty will assist students in writing a required research progress report from work completed in fall or the preceding summer. In spring, the course instructor  will assist students in preparing a professional oral or graphical presentation of research for a campus, local and/or national meeting. A full written report is required for students in their final semester who are completing the optional ACS-certified degree.  Offered every semester for 1 credit and can be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.