FCH495: Introduction to Professional Chemistry

Outline and Links (Fall 2013)



Dr. Greg Boyer


 "Gregory L. Boyer" <glboyer@esf.edu>




11:00-11:55 Tues. / Thurs.


122 Jahn or Moon Conference Room


Combination of attendance, research proposal and other assignments. 

Textbook: "The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook",  Kirszner and Mandell, 5th edition







Week of August 27

(Rm 122 Jahn )

Introduction to the class, 

Reading the literature critically


How to read a scientific paper

Writing an Abstract

Writing a paragraph

Writing an abstract

(Sample paper to abstract)

Week of September 3rd

(Rm 122 Jahn)

Introduction to Research

Chem. Faculty Research areas

Discussion of your abstracts

Abstract Due Monday September 2nd by 5:00 pm


Week of September 10th

(Rm 122 Jahn)

Abstracts and Research Topics

Writing a Research Proposal and preproposal

Pick up your list of Senior research topics

sample preproposal


Interview 2-3 Faculty

Week of September 17th (Moon)

Library Research:

Meet with Ruth Owens in Moon Library for ESF200


Week of September 24th (Moon)

Library Research:


Choice of topic due Tuesday, Oct 1st*

Week of October 1st (Moon)

Library Research.



Week of October 8th  (Moon)

Library Research:


Week of October 15th (Moon)


Library Research:



Library search due October 18th**

Week of October 22th  

(Jahn) (tentative)

Graduate School: How do you find out where to go? Application process and viewpoint of the Faculty 

How to write the personal statement 

Letters of recommendation

Should you go?

 Writing your personel statement

Writing Letters of Recommendation

Preproposal due October 25th*




Week of October 29th (Jahn) (Tentative)

no class this week due to USHAB meetings

 Letter of Recommendation and resume due Friday, November 1st*

Week of November 5th (Jahn)

Life other than graduate school: real jobs, :  How do you interview? Writing your resume.  people skills.



Week of November 12th (Jahn)

The interview process: selling yourself Oral Communication Skills:



Proposal Checklist

Interview Questions provided separately

Research Proposals Due* 

(Friday November 15th by 5pm)


Week of November 19th (Jahn)

Ethics, Scientific Iintegrety and plagierism

ACS Ethical Guidlelines to Publication

SUNY-ESF Academic Integrity



Week of November 26th (Jahn)

Thanksgiving Recess


Proposal Checklist



Week of December 3rd (Jahn)

Overview of the different senior research projects

Tips for Better PowerPoint presentations

oral presentations 

Any Proposal Revisions must be completed by* 

(Friday December 6th)

Note to reviewers: The forms for proposal review are available here: < Proposal review form (pdf) > <Proposal review form (word doc) >

* Submit electronically to glboyer@esf.edu.
**Additional  requirements and a different due date may apply for your library search, see Jim Williamson for details.

Last Modified 8/23/2013
Comments to Gregory L. Boyer <glboyer@esf.edu>