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Monday, August 4 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
S19: Authentic Research Experiences in the First and Second Year Curriculum: Focus on General Chemistry

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Authentic research experiences allow students to practice being scientists; to be exposed to the way chemists approach problems, how knowledge is acquired, and the use of evidence to support that knowledge. The ability to embrace uncertainty, not knowing the “right” answer, is an integral aspect of this experience, but it is often a difficult process for freshmen and sophomores. This symposium invites discussion on the use of authentic research projects in the first and second year laboratory curriculum. Presentations should include important aspects of the successful incorporation of research projects into the curriculum as well as the challenges faced in the development of the program. The inclusion of tools used in the assessment of student gains related to the development of scientific inquiry skills is also encouraged.

Presider: Nichole Powell, Oxford College of Emory University

Related Papers

Introduction (9:30 am to 9:35 am)
P173: Incorporating an original research project into a General Chemistry II laboratory class (9:35 am to 9:55 am)
P174: Experimental design as a mechanism for exposing first-year chemistry students to an authentic scientific research experience (9:55 am to 10:15 am)
P175: Utilizing an active learning approach to create authentic research experiences for first-year chemistry majors (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
P176: Introduction to Research: engaging first and second-year science majors in research through a multidisciplinary course (10:35 am to 10:55 am)
Break (10:55 am to 11:10 am)
P177: Early authentic research projects and teaching the nature of science (11:10 am to 11:30 am)
P178: Increasing student decision-making in an in-class research experience (11:30 am to 11:50 am)
P179: Assessing the effectiveness of a first-year undergraduate research methods course designed to give students an authentic research experience (11:50 am to 12:10 pm)
P180: Developing an introduction to scientific research course at a rural community college (12:10 pm to 12:30 pm)


Nichole Powell

Oxford College of Emory University


Brenda Harmon

Oxford College of Emory University

Monday August 4, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
MAK B1100