POLY Scott Iacono, Dylan Boday, Jeffrey Youngblood  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 

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Polymer science curriculum for the 21st century: PUNK

Sarah E Morgan1, sarah.morgan@usm.edu, Katherine B Aubrecht2, Erik B Berda3, Kevin A Cavicchi4, Philip J Costanzo5, Gregory J Gabriel8, Christopher Goh6, Sarah L Goh6, Scott T Iacono7, Daniel A Savin1. (1) School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, United States, (2) Department of Chemistry and Sustainability Studies, Stony Brook University, United States, (3) Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, United States, (4) Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, United States, (5) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo, United States, (6) Department of Chemistry, Willams College, United States, (7) Department of Chemistry, US Air Force Academy, United States, (8) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kennesaw State University, United States

With the increasing scope of polymer science research, and growing employment in the field,understanding of polymer chemistry and properties is now an integral need for undergraduate students studying chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science. There is also a need to engage students in polymer chemistry earlier in their careers, and outreach efforts to high school classrooms are critical. Faculty members often struggle to find appropriate polymer chemistry instructional items to incorporate in their courses. Resources for polymer science instruction, particularly for laboratory courses, are outdated and do not adequately address recent advances in the field. Individual faculty members are developing polymer-based lectures and laboratory experiments to fill the gaps. To address the growing need for polymer chemistry education, a group of interested faculty members from institutions across the country have launched the online resource PUNK: The Polymer Undergraduate Network of Knowledge. We invite you to join the group to help us develop the network, access relevant resources, and create new instructional materials.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 05:30 PM
Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science (05:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
Location: Dallas Convention Center
Room: Hall A


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