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Statement of Departmental Condition

  

Infrastructure

As a result of their aggressive pursuit of external resources, primarily the National Science Foundation (NSF) and generous matching monies from UWG, the faculty members in the department of Chemistry have assembled an impressive array of instrumentation.  These form the requisite basis for faculty-directed undergraduate research, the central pillar of our program.  The department is accredited by the American Chemical Society which assures a high accountability and standard within degree programs.  A wide array of research projects spanning all major sub-disciplines in Chemistry have been carried out, as evidenced by the presentations and publications in the preceding five plus years.  The move to the TLC in 2001, with space designed for specific uses by individual faculty members, further enhances the capabilities for research, as well as innovations in teaching, discussed below. 

While designing its space in the TLC, the department opted to build a 64-seat "studio", a one-of-a-kind classroom in the nation.  In this classroom, the department has adopted a new paradigm for teaching introductory courses, the "studio" approach, that integrates lectures and laboratories.  Three separate NSF-funded initiatives, namely, the "studio" paradigm itself, the use of "Labworks" interfaces for data acquisition and student-led Chemistry Workshops, together provide a unique experience to students in the CHEM 1211-1212 sequence taken by students majoring in all sciences.  Preliminary results of this approach show a sharp increase in student learning, based on standardized examinations prepared by the American Chemical Society.  

 

Faculty

The ten faculty members are a diverse group (in terms of ethnic origin and gender), representing all the major sub-disciplines in chemistry.  A high level of cooperation exists among them, as evidenced by the number of jointly written grants and publications.  Their collective efforts have resulted in the acquisition of an impressive array of instrumentation, as discussed above. 

 

Students

The student body is diverse (in terms of ethnic origin and gender), and also includes a number of non-traditional students.  Our graduates have routinely obtained admission in the best graduate programs in the nation, and include one Marshall as well as three Goldwater scholars.  In addition, our pre-professional students have obtained admission into medical (two with full scholarships), pharmacy and engineering programs.  Several graduates are part of the work force in chemistry or allied fields. 

 

Connections

The Department of Chemistry has a strong relationship with the Honors College.  Some of our strongest students are Honors students, and many Honors students are attracted to Chemistry as a major because of its rigorous programs and its commitment to undergraduate research.