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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Skills developed by chemistry majors

Research Skills:

  • Conduct journal research
  • Read and comprehend scientific journals
  • Evaluate the validity of research articles, scientific websites, etc.
  • Utilize logical reasoning to interpret results/data derived from scientific experimentation

Technical Skills:

  • Use computer programs, including excel and Power Point, to manipulate and display data
  • Accurately follow laboratory protocols with attention to detail
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Comply with quality control procedures while conducting experiments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safety regulations
  • Employ specific scientific lab techniques

Quantitative Skills:

  • Analyze data for trends
  • Apply statistical packages to data to test for significance

Written Communication Skills:

  • Document observations from experiments
  • Organize research ideas and information into comprehensive reports
  • Support scientific findings by writing literature reviews of journal articles
  • Create graphs to visually represent data

Oral Communication Skills:

  • Use various visual aids, including overhead projectors, computers and posters to conduct oral presentations on research findings
  • Interact professionally with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians, students and professors
  • Adapt vocabulary to suite a wide variety of audiences including the general public and senior scientists

Organizational Skills:

  • Manage time effectively to balance demands of work, academic and social life
  • Successfully manage multiple priorities during peak times during the academic year

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