Chemistry majors fulfill the Senior Capstone Experience by conducting a yearlong research project in collaboration with a chemistry faculty member and writing a thesis-quality report.
Many projects involve synthetic and preparative procedures and include the use of the department’s research-grade UV-VIS, FTIR, AA, NMR, GC, HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS, electrochemical analyzer, and polarimeter. Students pursuing the ACS-certified degree in Chemistry must perform a laboratory-based research project for their SCE to meet the number of laboratory hours required by the ACS. This requirement could be waived if ACS-certified majors have already performed research for credit during the academic year or during the summer.
Seniors present the results of their project in a poster session that is open to the College community. The department has a set of Senior Capstone Experience Guidelines that are distributed to both junior and senior chemistry majors each fall. For those students meeting the College-wide standards of eligibility for departmental honors at graduation, the capstone experience also forms the basis of an oral examination given at the end of the student’s final semester.
Students must enroll in CHE SCE in their final semester to obtain credit for the Senior Capstone Experience. The Senior Capstone Experience is graded according to the Washington College grading system, which involves the use of letter grades (A-F) that may be modified by a minus or a plus.
2018-2019 SCE Projects
Tyler Buchanan (advisor: Prof. Rick Locker)
Valerie Fischer (advisor: Prof. James Lipchock)
Dominic Giandonato (advisor: Prof. Aaron Amick)
Edgardo Hernandez (advisor: Prof. Rick Locker)
Parakram Karki (advisor: Prof. James Lipchock)
Beatrice Keller (advisor: Prof. Anne Marteel-Parrish)
Meredith Kenton (advisor: Prof. Anne Marteel-Parrish)
Jessie Nguyen (advisor: Prof. Anna Smith)
Collin Vincent (advisor: Prof. Aaron Amick)