P515: Impact of my experiences at a cCWCS workshop on computational and theoretical chemistry.
In 2009 I was able to attend the introductory cCWCS workshop on computational and theoretical chemistry. My experience at the workshop directly impacted my teaching of statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics in my undergraduate physical chemistry classes. The perspective gained from the workshop allowed me to incorporate more contemporary and sophisticated examples and exercises. The workshop also provided me with the background to support undergraduate research projects utilizing computational chemistry. Along with my experimental program in surface coatings my research group now maintains a small computer cluster capable of parallelized quantum and molecular dynamics computations. Some of these projects have garnered grant support or produced a publication. One of my recent research students decided to pursue a PhD in computational chemistry based on his experience. In this presentation I will describe in more detail what the workshop helped me do and how I incorporated what I learned into my teaching.