Role of Undergraduate Research in an Excellent and Rigorous Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum
Curriculum, undergraduate research
In 2008, the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Committee on Professional Training (CPT) issued new guidelines for the approval of undergraduate chemistry programs. Undergraduate research continues to meet the requirements for a portion of laboratory hours necessary for a certified degree, and can also contribute to the in-depth course requirements. The CPT supplements on undergraduate research, excellent and rigorous undergraduate programs, and student skills expand on the pedagogical advantages of undergraduate research. The ACS Guidelines and CPT supplements are supportive of the important role that a research-supportive curriculum can play in the development and training of chemistry students. Departments interested in establishing or strengthening research-rich environments can find support from the ACS Guidelines and from the resources available through the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
Journal of Chemical Education
Wenzel, T. J.; Larive, C. K.; Frederick, K. A., Role of Undergraduate Research in an Excellent and Rigorous Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89 (1), 7-9.