P949: Business model approach to advanced analytical chemistry laboratory

Author: Susan Newton, John Brown University, USA

Co-Author: Carla Swearingen, John Brown University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Goals for our advanced analytical chemistry laboratory include developing various skills such as: problem solving, laboratory, scientific writing and presentation, scientific literature, and professional conduct. To achieve these goals, the students were organized into laboratory teams each with a manager, research specialist, instrumental technician, and scientific writer. These positions rotated with each assignment. Each team was given a challenge in the form of a letter from a potential client with an analytical problem to solve. The students were required to research the problem and present a scientific literature-based protocol for acceptance. After approval of their protocol, they were trained in the operation of the chosen equipment and allowed to proceed. Their protocol and results were written in a report in a format suitable for publication in an ACS journal. Students are typically enthusiastic about this approach. Sample letters and reports will be presented.