Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with R. Sunderman


Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

physical and inorganic chemistry

Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. Research opportunities allow science students to work on specific projects associated with faculty members’ expertise. Students typically begin by working in an apprenticeship model with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience. Students can develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, modeling and theoretical analysis, written and oral communication, collaboration and critical thinking. These are valuable skills for students pursuing a graduate degree or entering the job market.

Rebecca Sunderman (inorganic/materials chemistry, physical chemistry) is interested in the synthesis and property characterization of new bismuth-containing materials. These compounds have been characterized as electronic conductors, attractive activators for luminescent materials, second harmonic generators and oxidation catalysts for several organic compounds. Traditional solid-state synthesis methods will be utilized to prepare new complex bismuth oxides. Once synthesized, powder x-ray diffraction patterns will be obtained and material properties such as conductivity, melting point, biocidal tendency, coherent light production and magnetic behavior will be examined when appropriate.

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

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Registration Information

Credits: Variable Credit Options

Variable Credit Options

seat availability and credit options vary per quarter.

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Fall

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Winter

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Spring

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