Graduate Portfolios

Chemistry 991: Graduate Presentation Portfolio

For MS students to gain first-hand experience on preparing, organizing, and giving quality professional presentations within the department and at professional meetings. These important professional skills include the ability to search the chemical literature using library and web databases and critical reading of accessed scientific articles, cumulating in the organization and oral presentation of literature and original research results.

Format - 1 credit, pass/fail
Students will sign up for CHEM 991 credit in fall semester of their second year. A listing of suitable presentation bibliography in the chemistry library as well as web sources will be made available to students. Both Inorganic/Organic and Analytical/Physical seminar directors, the Chemistry librarian, as well as individual research mentors will be available to assist the student in literature searching, organizing, and preparing presentations.

Each student will compile and update a portfolio of completed presentations including:

  • Departmental Inorganic/Organic or Analytical/Physical research lunch talks (including electronic files of lecture notes/handouts, overhead transparencies, or powerpoint slides, etc.)
  • Chemistry professional meeting/conference abstracts and electronic copies of poster presentations
  • Other presentations (e.g. electronic documentation of recruiting talks, UNH research conferences, etc.)

The chemistry Graduate Coordinator and thesis committee will monitor the quality of this portfolio and presentations. Pass/fail credit will be assigned at end of the second year (IA to be given at end of fall semester). At least two satisfactory presentations are required for credit.

Selected references for chemistry seminar preparation and presentation:

  • UNH Chemistry Graduate Student Handbook on the web
  • "Preparing Scientific Illustrations: A Guide to Better Posters, Presentations, and Publications", second edition, Mary H. Briscoe, Springer 1995.
  • "Scientific papers and presentation" second edition, Martha Davis, Academic Press 2004.
  • "The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid", Michael Alley, Springer 2007.
  • "Scientist's guide to poster presentation", Peter Gosling, Springer 2007.

Chemistry 992: Graduate Writing Portfolio

To ensure that chemistry MS and PhD students acquire and practice proper professional data documentation and writing skills.

Format - 1 credit, pass/fail
MS and PhD students will sign up for CHEM 992 in the fall semester of their second year. A listing of suitable bibliography and web sources on proper data documentation, notebook keeping, and scientific writing will be made available to these students.

Students will compile and update documentation of their scientific writing (including research notebook page duplicates or electronic backup files, research progress reports, professional meeting and conference presentation abstracts, research and fellowship proposals, etc.).

The student's Research Mentor and thesis committee will periodically review and monitor the quality of this portfolio during the academic year. Pass/fail credit will be assigned at end of the second year (IA to be given at end of fall semester).

Selected Web sources on chemistry research data documentation:

Selected bibliography on scientific chemistry writing skills:

  • "The Art of Scientific Writing: from Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields," Hans F. Ebel, Claus Bliefert, William E. Russey Ebel, Hans Friedrich_Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2004, 2nd ed.
  • "The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information," Washington, DC: American Chemical Society ; Oxford University Press, 2006, 3rd ed. Anne M. Coghill, Lorrin R. Garson, ed.
  • "How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper," Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel Day, Westport, Conn; Greenwood Press, 2006, 6th ed.
  • "Writing for Science", Robert Goldbort, Yale University Press, 2006.
  • "The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour", ed. Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross.