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Narratives of undergraduate research, mentorship, and teaching at UCLA

Simone L. Stevens, Alice C. Phung, Alejandra Gonzalez, Yanwu Shao, Elamar Hakim Moully, Vinh T. Nguyen, Joshua L. Martin, Chantel Mao, Azin Saebi, Daniel Mosallaei, Monica Kirollos, Paul Chong, Alexander Umanzor, Kevin Qian, Gustavo Marin, Omar M. Ebrahim, Ramya S. Pathuri, Morgan Hopp, Roshini Ramachandran, Mary A. Waddington and Alexander M. Spokoyny

Abstract

This work describes select narratives pertaining to undergraduate teaching and mentorship at UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry by Alex Spokoyny and his junior colleagues. Specifically, we discuss how individual undergraduate researchers contributed and jump-started multiple research themes since the conception of our research laboratory. This work also describes several recent innovations in the inorganic and general chemistry courses taught by Spokoyny at UCLA with a focus of nurturing appreciation for research and creative process in sciences including the use of social media platforms.


Corresponding authors: Roshini Ramachandran, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA; and UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching, University of California, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA; Mary A. Waddington, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA; and Alexander M. Spokoyny, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA; and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), University of California, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA90095, USA, E-mail: (R. Ramachandran), (M. A. Waddington), (A. M. Spokoyny)

Funding source: National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Award Identifier / Grant number: R35GM124746

Funding source: National Science Foundation

Award Identifier / Grant number: CHE-1846849

Funding source: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Funding source: Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)

Funding source: The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Funding source: Petroleum Research Fund (PRF)

Funding source: Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Funding source: NIGMS

Acknowledgments

A. M. S. is grateful to all his past and present co-workers and collaborators for their contributions to the projects described in this work.

  1. Research funding: This research was funding from UCLA, 3M, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Petroleum Research Fund (PRF), National Science Foundation (CHE-1846849 and individual fellowships), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and NIGMS (R35GM124746) over the past six years for supporting our research and educational endeavors.

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