Published on January 3, 2008
NSF Chemical Bonding CenterOutreach Activities: NSF Chemical Bonding Center Outreach Activities Eric O. Potma Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine CA, 92697-2025 Approach: Approach Chemistry beyond “balls and sticks” Overview: Overview 1) COSMOS program 2) Science Fair Initiative 3) Ask a Scientist 4) Undergraduate Training 5) Courses/Seminars high school University 6) ChaMP COSMOS Program: COSMOS Program Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit In-depth summer course on the fundamentals of atoms, molecules, light and their physics. COSMOS Program: COSMOS Program Summer 2006 - 20 high school students from California 21 Lectures: 21 Lectures Lectures are available at: http://chem.ps.uci.edu/~potma/COSMOS.htm 5 Lab Courses: 5 Lab Courses Electron Microscopy Lab: Electron Microscopy Lab Computer Modeling: Computer Modeling 12 Independent Projects: 12 Independent Projects Sylvia Park, Lisa Liu, Kelly Nishikawa & Thi Tran COSMOS Program: COSMOS Program “I’ve really enjoyed my COSMOS experience. I was surprised by the challenging work we’ve been given, and it’s been interesting. The chemistry professors make their lectures stimulating and accessible. It’s much more in-depth than what I had in high school.” Eunice Park (Santa Monica) “It’s really invigorating to work with the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and the AFM (Atomic Force Microscope), and all the equipment we’ve read about in textbooks but never actually get to see or use. I never thought I’d get to use this type of equipment and it opens up new possibilities.” Linda Chen (San Jose) Science Fair Initiative: Science Fair Initiative in collaboration with Dr. Debra Mauzy-Melitz Lab tours for Minority Program Science Fair poster winners Ho Labs Potma Labs Science Fair Project: Science Fair Project Effects of UV radiation on plant pigments by Daniel Shane, University High School Potma Labs Ask a Scientist: Ask a Scientist in collaboration with Dr. Debra Mauzy-Melitz at Costa Mesa High School (11/21/05 and 02/15/07) Undergraduate Training: Undergraduate Training UROP Program Kenny Mayoral Graduate/Undergraduate Courses: Graduate/Undergraduate Courses 1) Freshman Seminar Series “Nanotechnology - Past, Present, Future” Collins (Fall 05) 2) Graduate Courses “Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit” Ho, Apkarian, Collins, Mukamel, Potma, Ge, Mills (Spring 07) “Chemistry in the Making” Apkarian (Fall 06) “A Different Light on Light” Potma (Fall 06) ChaMP, ISIS: UCI has a unique graduate student pool trained in the interfacial field of chemistry and physics Concluding: Concluding Drawing students to Physical Chemistry through exposure to latest scientific insights and state-of-the-art instrumentation …. it works!