Call for Abstracts on Undergraduate Research in Chemistry – ACS National Meeting April 2-6, 2017

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CUR Councilors Bridget Gourley and Rebecca Jones invite you to submit an abstract to a symposium on undergraduate research in chemistry for the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco this coming spring, April 2-6, 2017.   This symposium is being sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the following divisions and committees within ACS: PROF (Committee on Professional Relations), CMA (Committee for Minority Affairs, and WCC (Women’s Chemists Committee).  Because of the symposium co-sponsors and the spotlight on undergraduate research within CHED programming this spring, this will be a great meeting to showcase your work advancing undergraduate research in chemistry. Bridget and Rebecca are also working on a symposium series book proposal, so the potential to publish your presentation after this conference is very favorable.

Symposium Title:  Advancing Undergraduate Research
ACS Division:  Chemical Education (CHED)

Organizers:
Rebecca M. Jones, Term Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and STEM Accelerator, College of Science, George Mason University and CUR Chemistry Councilor, rjones22@gmu.edu

Bridget L. Gourley, Percy Lavon Julian Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, DePauw University and CUR Chemistry Councilor, bgourley@depauw.edu

Abstract:
Innovation in research comes when diverse groups and fresh minds, unfettered by disciplinary boundaries, approach a problem. Undergraduate students are creative problem solvers looking for high quality experiences that will facilitate their future success. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) considers undergraduate research a high-impact educational practice. We invite submissions that describe advances related to research experiences for undergraduates, both small and large. Presentations regarding individual or group projects in lecture or laboratory; redesigned courses that focus on a specific research topic or the research process; and the approaches to the broader undergraduate research experience are welcome. Faculty who have incorporated research activities into specific classes or developed advantageous structures in support of undergraduates in their laboratory are invited to share their experiences. Directors of undergraduate research programs should also consider sharing broader programmatic stories. Evidence of the impact on the number and diversity of student researchers is particularly welcome. Expanding participation in research, while ambitious and rewarding, also poses difficulties and challenges that differ from those accompanying traditional instruction. Come share your best practices that maximize rewards and overcome challenges. Through research experiences undergraduates join the chemical science professions addressing societal needs served by new technologies and advanced materials.

Abstracts should be submitted via the ACS MAPS system: http://maps.acs.org.  First navigate through MAPS to the Spring 2017 National Meeting, then the CHED Division and finally locate the symposium title: Advancing Undergraduate Research. The deadline for submission is November 7, 2016.

In addition to considering how you might contribute, please share this invitation with colleagues, at your institution and beyond, who may be interested. Questions may be directed to Rebecca and Bridget.

Thank you for considering this invitation!

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