Activities

The program will take place on Year 1: 6/6/2016 — 8/12/2016, Year 2: 6/5/2017 — 8/11/2017, Year 3: 6/4/2018 — 8/10/2018. In addition to research activities, we have organized a series of career and professional development seminars and discussions, scheduled throughout the 10 week program.

Preliminary Schedule for REU Cohort research and professional development seminars:

 Week No  1  2  3
 4  5  6  7  8  9 10
 Day
Monday all day Research
Tuesday, a.m. Lit. Course(cohort) Literature review and writing
Tuesday, p.m. (1-3) Career Seminar(cohort)   Mid-Project Presentations (cohort) Career Seminar(cohort)
Tuesday, p.m. (3-5) Research  J.C.
Journal Club(cohort, 2 presentations/week)
Wednesday, all day Research
Thursday, a.m. Research Final Project Presentations (cohort)
Thursday, p.m. Faculty Research Short Course(cohort)
Friday, all day Research

Research Related Seminars: Chemical Health & Safety Training, Introduction to Scientific Literature (UConn Babbidge Library), Getting Started with Research, and Writing Research Conclusions & Data Validation. Seminars will help students prepare for the first meeting with their advisor as they map a 10 week research plan, and will continue throughout the program to aid them in final report and presentation preparation.

Graduate School Preparation and the Academic Career Path: Applying for Funding/Fellowship Applications, Choosing a Research Lab, Preparing for the GRE, and the Faculty Application Process. In addition to presentations by the REU Site team, Charmane Thurmand, UConn’s Graduate Diversity Officer who possesses unique experience with mentoring minority graduate students successfully from recruitment to dissertation defense, will give students a thorough overview of making a successful transition from undergraduate to graduate studies to academic careers and overcoming specific challenges faced by minority students.

Technical Writing and Presentation: General presentation and writing skills will be emphasized as essential components of research.

Ethics: An ethics presentation will be given by Alfred University Professor John D’Angelo in collaboration with UConn Chemistry’s REU Site.
Journal Club: The literature reviewed by each REU student will be project specific. The journal club will emphasize the importance of critically analyzing peer reviewed papers. Each student will pick a week to present a journal paper that they critically analyzed and non-presenting students will have a chance to provide peer-feedback on the presenter’s analysis.

Student Presentations and Final Report: Each student will give 2 research presentations. During the 5th week, students will give a 10 minute presentation about their research progress and background. On the 10th week, students will present a final 15 minute presentation at the REU Summer Symposium in collaboration with other UConn REU sites. In addition, REU students will be required to attend the RET final presentations occurring in the same week. Each student is responsible for delivering a final report to the PI and their faculty advisor. This will ensure continuity of knowledge as well as provide a reference to the annual research accomplishments of our REU Site.

Short Courses: Short courses by participating faculty will be delivered at a level that beginning undergraduate students can easily understand. At the end of the REU program, all students will have been educated by nine faculty members in their field of research expertise, thus building a breadth of knowledge regarding nanotechnology’s role in the advancement of societal goals.