Session S43 (Tuesday, 9:30am, Life Sciences 013)

P405: Challenges in preparing professional chemists: Imparting and assessing student skills

Joel Shulman (University of Cincinnati, USA)

Formal course work in chemistry provides students with an education in chemical concepts as well as training in laboratory practices.  However, beyond the knowledge of chemical principles and how to apply them, it is incumbent on chemistry programs to develop additional skills in their students that will allow them to be successful in their careers.  These skills include problem solving, laboratory safety, the use of chemical literature, written and oral communication, team building, and ethics.  This talk will explore ideas on how these student skills can be integrated into a chemistry curriculum and, importantly, how evaluation criteria can be developed to assess the skills.  In addition, the talk will discuss the role of faculty in student mentoring and advising.

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