Honors Section - Learning-By-Contract
An honors' section is available. You can earn honors credit through the learning-by-contract option offered by The Honors College. Please refer to the Guidelines for Honors Learning-By-Contract to learn about the administrative aspects. Make sure that you are eligible. Get a Learning-By-Contract Form from the Honors College and visit with the instructor to discuss the options for the project. Participants in the honors section and their projects can be viewed in the Honors List. If you would like to pursue any of the following options, get the required forms from the Honors College and see me for advice & approval.
Option 1. Colloquia Option.
Attend five Chemistry Colloquia (Fridays, 3:30 pm, 103 Schlundt Hall, refreshments at 3 pm in the Chemistry Reading Room, top level in Schlundt Hall, select the more "organic" ones) or Organic Chemistry Seminars (Monday noon, 103 Schlundt Hall), write brief summaries of the presentations (about 500 words, e.g. one page double-spaced), and submit this report to the instructor in hardcopy or by email.
The talks often are rather technical and presented at a high level that is difficult to comprehend even for graduate students. Do not be discouraged by that fact. The expectation is not that you understand the content fully. Rather, this option is offered so that you may learn about the process by which scientists communicate with each other by way of lecture and discussion.
Option 2: Research Paper Option
Research an area of your interest related to organic chemistry [note the emphasis] and write a term paper on it (5-7 pages, double spaced). I am emphasizing the need for a strong relation to organic chemistry. As a practical guideline, the strong relation would be established if the paper contains say 10 structural formulae or so.
Ideally, I would want you to produce this paper in electronic form such that it can later be posted on the WWW as a pdf file. Of course, you might also consider writing the paper in html format from the start.
Topics that have been selected in the past include, for example, DNA finger printing, alternative fuel sources, ozone depletion and so on. I'd be more than happy to help you with your topic selection and to provide guidance (e.g. literature). Topics that reflect the impact of chemistry on modern society are encouraged. You might get some ideas from the New York Times Science pages or from the Science department of Time magazine.
Option 3: Create a "Food & Drug Label Analysis".
Pick a food or a drug and read the label. For all ingredients listed on the label, provide the structure (molecular formula and structural formula), the origin (synthetic or natural, method of isolation), the properties (color, melting and boiling points, viscosity, hydrophilicity, ...) and the intended function of this compound.
The selection of the food or drug item needs to be approved by the instructor. Discuss format of the report with the instructor.