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CHE 4151 Chemistry Undergraduate Seminar: Home

This guide will help senior chemistry majors complete their report for senior seminar

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Lead Article and Format for Report

You will need to pick a lead article to present in your seminar. 

You will also use this lead article as the basis of your report.

  • The first half of your report focuses on the corresponding author
    • You will provide a comprehensive list of all published journal articles by the corresponding author between the date of the lead article and your seminar date.
    • You will summarize how the research group has continued to work on similar projects and/or moved onto other projects
  • The second half of your report focuses on other works which the lead article has influenced
    • You will provide a comprehensive list of all published journal articles which have cited the lead article not including papers authored by the corresponding author (i.e. the papers listed in the first half of the report).
    • You will summarize how the lead article has influenced one other research group which does not include any authors of your lead article.
  • You will use an appropriate ACS format for your bibliography
  • Your report is due one week after your seminar date

Tip:  You will want to make sure you can find other more recent articles by your corresponding author and articles by other research groups citing your lead article before you finalize your decision to use that article for your seminar.

Reading and Annotating a Scientific Paper

Scientific research articles usually include

  • abstract:  highlights of the major points of the paper
  • introduction/background:  context and purpose/hypothesis of the experiment
  • methods:  what was done
  • results:  sometimes combined with the methods or analysis
  • analysis:  how well did the experiment work
  • discussion:  sometimes combined with the analysis or conclusions
  • conclusions/future work

Knowing the different sections of a scientific article will make it easier to understand the article.  By comparing the same section across papers, you might be able to discern how the science has evolved or the influences of one group on the other.

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