Teaching Outside of the Classroom: Field Trips in Crystallography Education for Chemistry Graduate Students

Advanced Crystallography Outreach Program at ChemMatCARS: “Teaching Outside of the Classroom: Field Trips in Crystallography Education for Chemistry Graduate Students”

March 2015

Every year ChemMatCARS organizes an outreach program for Advanced Crystallography entitled, “Teaching Outside of the Classroom: Field Trips in Crystallography Education for Chemistry Graduate Students”.  This program is co-organized by Yu-Sheng Chen, Operations Manager for ChemMatCARS, and Dr. Shao-Liang Zheng, Harvard University professor.  Dr. Zheng brought 6 of his graduate students from Harvard to ChemMatCARS in March 2015 for 2-days of hands on experiments and data analysis.  Each student had the chance to collect their own data, determine the structure of their own samples that they prepared at Harvard, and present their results to their fellow peers.  During these 2 days, the students were also lectured on “Synchrotron X-ray Sources” and “Advanced Crystallography”, which highlighted the importance of synchrotron sources for advanced crystallography methods including high resolution charge density measurements and time resolved photo-crystallography.  ChemMatCARS is always excited to host this event every year.  Please be on the look-out for our Advanced Crystallography outreach program that we will be hosting in March 2016!