P176: Introduction to Research: Engaging first and second-year science majors in research through a multidisciplinary course
“Real” laboratory research is often reserved for students in their junior and senior years. Introduction to Research, a course designed specifically for first and second-year science majors, changes this by actively engaging students in cutting-edge chemistry research with faculty. The course is a designed using a hybrid model, combining both classroom discussions with extensive laboratory work. In the classroom, students work to develop the skills necessary to be successful in research, including: data analysis, library research, reading scientific literature, written communication, and oral presentations. In parallel, students also work on current research projects in research teams mentored by faculty. The classroom experience is integrated with the laboratory component to give students a unique and exciting introduction to chemistry research. After completing the course, many students continue to participate in research throughout the rest of their undergraduate careers.