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A great way to gain excellent laboratory experience is to register for Directed Studies (Chem 2094 or 4094).
What should I do to participate in Directed Studies?
Make arrangements with a faculty adviser
- Look over the research that is being done in our department.
- If you are interested in a particular area of chemistry, check out the faculty and their research.
- Pick out about 3 to 4 projects that seem interesting to you and contact the faculty you want to work with.
- Be specific about how their research interests you.
- Ask to meet with them to talk about opportunities
- Sell yourself:
- "I have two years to commit to a project and hope to go on to graduate school."
- No one will want you for one term so commit to at least two terms.
- Once you've made a decision, ensure that you have an agreement with the faculty member.
- Focus on how much time you need to be in the lab for the number of registered credits.
- It is possible to work with another professor in a different department, as long as it has a chemistry component.
- Complete the research contract at https://z.umn.edu/directed_research_contract
- Stephanie Stathopoulos will send you a permission number.
How do I register for Directed Studies?
You can register for Directed Studies in three different ways:
- 2094—designed for entry-level students, available only to College of Liberal Arts students for one of the Advanced Chemistry Lab requirements.
- 4094W—writing intensive (mandatory report of the equivalent of 2500 words)
- 4094V—same as 4094W, but for Honors students (senior thesis of 30-40 pages and oral presentation to three-member faculty committee)
How are credits handled?
- You can only use two credits for the Advanced Chemistry Lab Requirement.
- Any credit beyond those two are used as general elective credits.
- Credit assignments vary
- Normally, each credit earned requires 45 hours of academic work a semester.
- There is no pay connected with this work.
- You can not get credit and pay during the same semester.
What are the writing requirements?
- As a writing intensive course, CHEM4094W(V) requires that you submit a final report on your directed studies.
- Each research advisor may have their own writing requirement. What is submitted to the Chemistry Undergraduate Office is a one-page summary (by the research advisor with the grade).
- Your faculty adviser should submit both the final grade and the one-page summary in PDF format, simultaneously, via email to Stephanie Stathopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The final grade and report must be submitted no later than the last day of final exams.
- A final grade will not be assigned for the course without submission of the report.
- The one-page summary report must contain your name and ID number, your adviser's name, the enrollment term covered by the report, and a summary of the work completed.
- Page should be formatted using 12-point type and have 1-inch margins.
- Full reports, including the length, any required sections and referencing, is at the discretion of your faculty adviser.