Building communities of scholars: The NSF-sponsored Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS)

Author(s): 

David M. Collard and Jerry C. Smith

Author Affiliation: 

Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University

Year: 

2007

Abstract: 

Over the last six years, the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS) has provided 66 workshops at 27 host institutions on a variety of topical areas. These have served more than 1200 participants who have used the material from the workshops in a number of ways to improve undergraduate education at their home institutions. A new initiative is to build strong “Communities of Scholars” in topical areas to further disseminate new and innovative content, and to spread the use of good pedagogical practice in the teaching of chemistry at the undergraduate level. An overview of the Center's activities will be presented to highlight the broad impact of the program, and to profile new initiatives. Examples of workshop topics include: The Chemistry of Art, Forensic Science, Computational Chemistry, Guided Inquiry in the General Chemistry and Organic Laboratory, Nanomaterials, Green Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. Interested in attending or presenting a workshop? If so, please contact CWCS via: www.chemistry.gsu.edu/cwcs. The Center's activities are supported by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education as a Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) as a “Phase III” project.
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