P922: Developing an undergraduate research project: Making a left turn at caffeine
Most undergraduate research projects are extensions of previous work conducted by either the faculty research advisor or previous students. For adventurous students, it is possible to develop a research project from the ground up, in which the research idea originated from the student in an area in which the faculty advisor had no previous experience. In such cases, keeping an open mind about where the project should be going is important. This poster tells the story of how a project that started by examining detergent molecules in gasoline turned into a research project about caffeine solubility. By being open to new possibilities of what the project ought to be, the resulting endpoint of how caffeine solvates was much deeper, more insightful, and more fun than was originally anticipated.