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Engaging Undergraduate Students in Computational Chemistry Research: A Tutorial for New Assistant Professors
  • K. Aurelia Ball,
  • Kedan He,
  • Heidi P. Hendrickson
K. Aurelia Ball
Skidmore College
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Kedan He
Eastern Connecticut State University
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Heidi P. Hendrickson
Lafayette College
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Peer review status:ACCEPTED

30 Mar 2020Submitted to International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
31 Mar 2020Submission Checks Completed
31 Mar 2020Assigned to Editor
31 Mar 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
20 Apr 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
20 Apr 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
09 May 20201st Revision Received
11 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
11 May 2020Assigned to Editor
22 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
22 May 2020Editorial Decision: Accept

Abstract

In this article, we provide advice and insights, based on our own experiences, for computational chemists who are beginning new tenure-track positions at primarily undergraduate institutions. We each followed different routes to obtain our tenure-track positions, but we all experienced similar challenges when getting started in our new position. In this article, we discuss our approaches to seven areas that we all found important for engaging undergraduate students in our computational chemistry research, including setting up computational resources, recruiting research students, training research students, designing student projects, managing the lab, mentoring students, and student conference participation.

Keywords — undergraduate research, computational chemistry, primarily undergraduate institution, tenure-track position, career pathways