CHEM 295: Introduction to Independent Research

SYNOPSIS: This course is designed to provide students with the tools to conduct an independent research study. Independent Study at Duke provides an intensive, demanding, and individualized research experience at the cutting edge of modern science. In close collaboration with more senior researchers, the undergraduate researcher will acquire hands-on experience in the design and execution of experiments, computation, and simulations.

READER REQUIREMENTS: Readers need to be familiar with writing research proposals in the field of chemistry, and ideally is acquainted with the processes of funding agencies (NIH, NSF, etc.)

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: The final product will be a research proposal ready for submission to a funding agency.

INSTRUCTOR SUGGESTIONS FOR READERS: We focus on the student’s ability to construct a research proposal with logical flow. They need to include 1) a broad introduction that grabs the reader, 2) relevant details (cited!) with appropriate transitions, 3) what question their experiments are designed to answer, and 4) how their results contribute to the field.

INTRODUCTORY MEETING: Please schedule your introductory meeting as soon as possible after you have received the matching email. Find details for the introductory meeting http://dukereaderproject.org/students/intro-meeting/

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