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A Progressive Approach to Improving Undergraduate Science Writing Through Chemistry Laboratory Courses

Apr 1
11:00am - 12:0 pm
SI 4127

Marta K. Maroń, Intructor, Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Summary: Communication skills through written form for chemistry undergraduates are fundamentally important to their transformation from novice to expert chemists. However, many students who can successfully complete the undergraduate chemistry curricula are not able to effectively construct and communicate scientific meaning in written form. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a science writing scaffold across three laboratory courses, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I (Quantum Mechanics), and Instrumental Analysis, to improve student writing skills. A progressive approach to introducing how to write journal style documents, integrations of peer-review, TA-review, and revision will be discussed as a means to allow students to improve and progress towards autonomy in their writing.


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