Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences

By Mike Ashby, former PI

“The chemical sciences have become very interdisciplinary,” says Ashby, who studies the mechanisms and kinetics of inorganic antimicrobials and antioxidants.

The University of Oklahoma piloted an innovative graduate curriculum in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that emphasized customization of individual student programs and careful monitoring of progress. Learning outcomes and evaluation data were used to determine if this transformative curriculum effectively promoted efficient individual doctoral training while decreasing the time to degree. This curriculum is anticipated to provide a template for revision and reinvigoration of doctoral programs in the chemical sciences nationwide.


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