Crosby and Bachman present at National Undergraduate Research Conference

Biochemistry major Hallie Crosby (C’ 16) and Professor Robert Bachman attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY from April 2 to 4.  The conference, the largest undergraduate research meeting in the U.S., welcomed over 4200 participants this year from every discipline imaginable.  Student sessions include art gallery showings, oral and poster presentations of original scholarship, and performing art sessions featuring music, dance, and acting.  Additional programming includes career and graduate school sessions for students and professional development and networking sessions for faculty.

Hallie presented a poster entitled “Interactions Of Dialkylcarboxy Complexes With Divalent Metal Ions Potentially Form Liquid Crystalline Conducting Materials.”  This poster details the results of the research she carried out in Prof. Bachman’s lab in the summer of 2013, immediately following her freshman year.  This work is part of a larger ongoing research project in the Bachman lab that has been supported by NSF funding (CHE-0911070).  

Prof. Bachman joined with Prof. Jeff Thompson of the Art and Art History Department to present a faculty development session entitled “Integrating Research into the Curriculum:  Case Studies from Across the Campus at The University of the South.”  This session explored the approach that Prof. Bachman has taken to integrate his research into his inorganic chemistry course as well as the approach taken by Prof. Thompson and Prof. Kelly Whitmer to design a course around historical research of objects and the history or science (Monsters, Marvels and Museums) that also linked to student researchers working with these faculty as mentors.  The session highlighted the significant progress that Sewanee has made in integrating collaborative scholarship into the academic life of campus and provided a springboard for a lively discussion by the attendees about both practical approaches for integrating research into classes and some of the pitfalls to be avoided in the process.