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. Refer to the Guidelines for Honors Learning-By-Contract to learn about the administrative aspects. Make sure you are eligible! Get a Learning-By-Contract Form from the Honors College and visit with Dr. Glaser 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 Dr. Glaser for advice & approval.


Option 1. Attend Colloquia & Write Summaries.
Attend five Chemistry Colloquia (Fridays, 3:30 pm, 103 Schlundt Hall, refreshments at 3 pm in the Chemistry Reading Room on the 4th floor of Schlundt Hall, select the more "organic" ones) or Organic Chemistry Seminars (Mondays at noon, 103 Schlundt Hall), write brief summaries of the presentations (about 500 words, e.g. one page double-spaced), and submit this report to Dr. Glaser 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. 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: Write Research Paper.
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). The need for a strong relation to organic chemistry is emphasized. As a practical guideline, the strong relation would be established if the paper contains say 10 structural formulae or so.

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.

The topic selection needs to be approved by Dr. Glaser. The paper needs to be written in electronic form so that it can be posted on the WWW as a pdf file. Papers in html format also are welcome.


Option 3: Perform 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 Dr. Glaser. The paper needs to be written in electronic form so that it can be posted on the WWW as a pdf file. Papers in html format also are welcome.