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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 296-298

Undergraduate Research Experiences During January Academic Sessions

Neil L. Heckman* and Moses K. Dogbevia

Chemistry Department, Hastings College, 710 N. Turner Ave., Hastings, NE 68901,

Published: 26 September 2014

Abstract. The benefits of undergraduate research in chemistry are well known. Most of these experiences occur either as summer research experiences at a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded institution, a summer experience at one’s home institution, or through a senior capstone project. This paper discusses the creation of a mini-research experience during the January academic session. At least 101 undergraduate institutions offer an academic session during January. The Hastings College Chemistry Department was able to send students to four separate research institutions over the past eight years to conduct research and work alongside graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members with research appointments. These opportunities do not replace the other types of undergraduate research, but provide students with an additional research opportunity. This program could become a model for other undergraduate students offering a January session or other short session to work with research labs to gain more opportunities for undergraduate research.

Key Words: Of Special Interest; general public; curriculum; collaborative / cooperative learning; undergraduate research

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