2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with D. Bopegedera

Fall 2011, Winter 2012 and Spring 2012 quarters

Dharshi Bopegedera physical chemistry
Fields of Study
chemistry and education

Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. This independent learning opportunity allows advanced students to delve into real-world research with faculty who are currently engaged in specific projects. Students typically begin by working in apprenticeship with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience. Students can develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, written and oral communication, collaboration, and critical thinking that are valuable for students pursuing a graduate degree or entering the job market.

Dharshi Bopegedera (chemistry) would like to engage students in two projects: 1) quantitative determination of metals in the stalactites formed in aging concrete using ICP-MS and 2) science and education. Students who are interested in learning about the ICP-MS technique and using it for quantitative analysis will find the first project interesting. Students who have an interest in teaching science and who have completed general chemistry with laboratory would be ideal for the second project. We will work with local teachers to develop lab activities that enhance the science curriculum in local schools.

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