Asmita Kane, Ph.D. uses undergraduate research as an alternative approach to learning general chemistry

Dr. Kane with student measuring pH of soils samples.MESA, Arizona — Nov. 18, 2019 — Asmita Kane, Ph.D., a professor of chemistry at Mesa Community College, recently highlighted her work with students in an article, Research as an alternative path through General Chemistry, on the website for the Division of Chemistry for the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Dr. Kane, who has mentored students for the past 11 years, explains how she has used undergraduate research as an inclusive, student-centered, alternative approach to learning general chemistry.

“The spectrum of students attending our community college is vast with students with varying high school preparation levels, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds ,” Kane said. “Bringing them all into one classroom, retaining them there and mentoring them towards successful completion is a significant challenge. That’s why I believe undergraduate research can be an inclusive style of teaching.”Set up for anaerobic fermentation of yeast.

Kane said as the students analyze the chemistry of soils and plants and engage in undergraduate research experiences. They learn essential skills like how to plan and progress their project, the methodology of analysis, data collection, as well as processing and presenting data.

“I have seen UGR as not only an activity that created interest in students about chemistry, it also improved their grades,” Kane said. “It has enormous potential for student retention and course completion.”

The article may be found on the CurChem Website.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC, dawn.zimmer@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7892

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Monday, November 18, 2019