Students: Use Your Resources!

Hello DePaul Students, Alumni and Friends! Dr. Grice here (@GriceChemistry). One thing we always tell our students in our classes is to use their resources to help them succeed. We want students to read their texts, come to class, go to course assistant (CA) and instructor office hours, and do practice problems so that they can improve. Everyone learns in a different way, so we want to give students various resources to learn how to tackle the concepts. But it doesn’t stop there. As a student you should be building your resume and networking while here at DePaul, so you can be prepared for your life after college (yes, it exists and we want to help you get there!). There are many resources on the internet that can be extremely valuable for other important parts of a student’s time here at DePaul (and beyond). In addition, if you start doing research or plan to go into a research/bench chemistry position, there are many great resources to help you learn about your projects and tackle the challenges that chemistry research throws at you. Maybe you need to write a thesis or research paper and you want to know how approach writing such a large document.  Maybe that TLC or column is giving you a lot of trouble. There are resources out there to help!

The Catalyst is a home for links to many resources to help you succeed.

We want the The Catalyst to be your go-to place for online resources. You will find many under the Links to Resources tab at the top of the page. We will try to keep the links updated as new tools come up, so go ahead and bookmark it! We’ve sorted them by area where they may be useful to you and have only included links to things that we have read and/or used ourselves. There’s a lot of not-so-great stuff out there on the internet and we want to help you sort through it by giving you this resource. Future posts to The Catalyst will be dedicated to introducing you to many of these. In the meantime, visit Links to Resources and dive in! All the best, -Dr. Grice

Here are a few links that I have put together for you based on input from faculty and staff.

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Welcome to The Catalyst Blog

chem-JihuaJin-editWelcome to the The Catalyst in its new online format. We are thrilled that our annual print publication, The Catalyst, will now continue as a year-round blog. In the blog we will report happenings in the department and hope to more effectively keep in touch with our alumni, students and friends. With the blogging format we also hope to hear from you. So please feel free to leave your comments!

The department has grown. A great deal has happened in the department since the last print edition of The Catalyst.  The department has grown significantly in the past two years.  Six new faculty members joined the department, four new tenure-track assistant professors (two in 2013 and two in 2014) and two new visiting assistant professors in 2013.

We are expanding our use of online teaching. In December of 2014, five faculty members participated in the DePaul Online Teaching Services (DOTS) training, making our total number of DOTS-trained faculty rise to seven, one half of the department. With DOTS training comes the commitment to innovate our course offerings by adding more hybrid, flipped classroom, or online courses. These formats provide students with schedule flexibility and will boost student learning. So far, one graduate course (Advanced Physical Chemistry II) has been offered as a hybrid course and one undergraduate course (Survey of Biochemistry) has been offered as a hybrid or online course.  In addition to providing schedule flexibility and teaching materials that students can access anytime anywhere, online courses such as the online Survey of Biochemistry also help serve non-degree-seeking, working students who find it difficult to come to campus for classes.  In the coming academic year, the department will offer introductory courses in the General Chemistry sequence, foundation courses in Probability and Statistics and Biochemistry, as well as the physical sciences Capstone course as hybrid or flipped-classroom courses.

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