P816: Undergraduate research laboratory experience projects as a platform for designing new inter-disciplinary upper level chemistry experiments

Author: Vishakha Monga, University of British Columbia, Canada

Co-Author: P. Crichton, E. Exley and G. Bussiere, University of British Columbia, Canada

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 2:05 PM2:25 PM

Room: LMH 114

Related Symposium: S51

Research laboratory experience projects (RLEs) have been introduced as an opportunity for undergraduate chemistry students in their final year to gain experience working in either a research or teaching lab under the direct supervision of the principal investigator. In the teaching labs, the RLE students work with the goal of converting published research into procedures that can be used as the foundation for the development of new undergraduate experiments. Results from recent RLE projects, in which the synthesis, characterization and kinetic studies (thermo gravimetric analysis) of Ag(I) and Cu(I) lutidine complexes act as a platform to combine inorganic and physical chemistry skills, will be discussed. The kinetic data obtained was utilized to explore the effect of a ligand’s basicity on the stability of these complexes. The successes and challenges encountered to date will also be described.

P812: Re-thinking lab delivery

Author: Robin Stoodley, University of British Columbia, Canada

Co-Author: Guillaume Bussiere, Vishakha Monga and Christine Rogers, University of British Columbia, Canada

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: ASH 2302

Related Symposium: S23

I will discuss UBC Chemistry’s experience with re-organizing the structure of our 3rd year laboratories to allow for experiments integrated across the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and to allow additional student capacity without requiring the addition of more course sections or more contact hours. Our approach has students from four disparate degree programs working in the labs simultaneously; they are distinguished only by their course/section combination. Prior to start of term students schedule themselves into available experiments. We allow student choice of experiments within pre-specified minimum and maximum numbers of experiments in the traditional sub-disciplines and in an ‘integrated-experiment’ category. We use custom software to facilitate the student scheduling and to manage attendance and grades. The scheduling software can handle multi-period experiments, prerequisites, exclusions, and restricting experiments so they are only offered to students in particular course sections. Advantages and disadvantages of the system will be presented.

P148: Undergraduate research laboratory experience projects as a platform for designing new inter-disciplinary upper level chemistry experiments

Author: Vishakha Monga, University of British Columbia, Canada

Co-Author: P. Crichton, E. Exley and G. Bussiere, University of British Columbia, Canada

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAN 123

Related Symposium: S8

Research laboratory experience projects (RLEs) have been introduced as an opportunity for undergraduate chemistry students in their final year to gain experience working in either a research or teaching lab under the direct supervision of the principal investigator. In the teaching labs, the RLE students work with the goal of converting published research into procedures that can be used as the foundation for the development of new undergraduate experiments. Results from recent RLE projects, in which the synthesis, characterization and kinetic studies (thermo gravimetric analysis) of Ag(I) and Cu(I) lutidine complexes act as a platform to combine inorganic and physical chemistry skills, will be discussed. The kinetic data obtained was utilized to explore the effect of a ligand’s basicity on the stability of these complexes. The successes and challenges encountered to date will also be described.