How do students learn to approach these challenges?
Our goal is for students to learn and apply core concepts in the chemical and physical sciences and become creative individuals who are able to think critically and innovate. Student learning is achieved through course work, laboratory work, field-, laboratory- and literature-based research and experiential learning opportunities integrated in our programs of study. Through these proven instructional methods and modern pedagogies, students learn to take into account the existence of uncertainty and ambiguity, which allows them to adapt to changing situations and make complex decisions as they engage in problem solving. This training enables them to contribute to discovery and innovation across the diversity of disciplines represented by the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, so that they may successfully pursue their career goals and identify solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.
Employs systems thinking in chemistry education, inspiring students to build an appreciation for the role that chemistry plays in society and helping them to apply their knowledge to solving real-world problems.
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Engages students in field-based experiential learning, and bridges the gap between field-based and classroom-based learning.
Trains students in air- and water-free research techniques, and studies how novel molecular models can enhance chemistry learning through haptics.
Researches and promotes students’ engagement through reading or research undergraduate courses.
Designs and implements various collaborative learning situations, from small exercises to group projects, in the classroom to promote higher individual achievement and greater student satisfaction.
Provides team-based, interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities with instruction in research best practices, project management and teamwork skills development.
Cultivates scientists as innovators and entrepreneurs. Champions renewal of student engagement in organic chemistry through holistic approaches. Co-founder of two biotechnology start-up companies.
Increases student understanding of molecules in order to solve problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry