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"Reengineering the Undergrad Lab" C&E News Sept 19, 2011

"Students at Boston-based Simmons College are part of an education experiment that has thrown out the standard approach of cookbook lab instruction and instead thrusts students immediately into integrated lab training and undergraduate research. Organic chemist
Rich Gurney and his colleagues admit their concept is a gamble, but they say it seems
to better prepare students to enter the chemical workforce."

"At the American Chemical Society national meeting in Denver late last month, Gurney and some of his students made presentations in Division of Chemical Education symposia in which they laid out the details of their program, including progress on one research project involving thymine-based copolymers. With the help of a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, the Simmons science faculty is creating an undergraduate experience in which students in chemistry, physics, and biology study different aspects of ongoing faculty research projects, Gurney explained."

Read more at Chemical and Engineering News Online or by downloading the PDF here.C&EN_Article_ResearchIntegration@Simmons.pdf


Posted by Rich Gurney on December 8, 2011 3:27 PM