CHME 498. Undergraduate Research

1. Course number and name

CHME 498. Undergraduate Research

2. Credits and contact hours

1-3 credit hours = 15-45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. David A. Rockstraw, Ph. D., P. E. (available to all CHME faculty and NMSU faculty collaborators)

4. Text book, title, author, and year

a. other supplemental materials

  • Each CHME 498 project is defined by the supervising professor, who uses a form on the CHME website to post the details for each student they will supervise.  The student should find the post relevant to their CHME 498 project for a full listing of supplemental materials.

5. Specific course information

a. catalog description: Provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to work in research or areas of special interest such as design problems and economic studies under the direction of a faculty member. Written report and oral presentation in covering work required. Approval of written application.  

b. prerequisites: consent of research advisor and CHME department head

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): elective

6. Specific goals for the course

Each CHME 498 project is defined by the supervising professor, who uses a form on the CHME website to post the details for each student they will supervise.  The student should find the post relevant to their CHME 498 project for a full listing of goals and expected outcomes for that project.

a. The student will…

  • prepare a written research report conforming to the format of the CHME writing standard as specified in item 4 above;
  • articulate a clear research question or problem and formulate a hypothesis;
  • identify and demonstrate appropriate research methodologies;
  • define, articulate, and use appropriate terminology, concepts, and theory;
  • use library and other tools to search for existing body of research relevant to their topic;
  • know existing body of research relevant to their topic and explain how their project fits;
  • identify and practice research ethics and responsible conduct in research;
  • know and apply problem solving skills to constructively address research setbacks;
  • work collaboratively with other researchers, using listening and communication skills;
  • work autonomously in an effective manner, setting and meeting deadlines;
  • reflect on own research, identifying lessons learned, strengths, and ways to improve;
  • communicate confidently and constructively with graduate students, other researchers, and faculty;
  • explain research to others in the field and to broader audiences through presentations; and
  • articulate the relevance of their research to their coursework and professional future, synthesizing their research, academic, and professional interests and goals.

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are NOT found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum as this is a technical elective, not a required core course.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • Topics vary widely by project.
  • Projects can be found on the Undergraduate Research menu of the CHME Research webpage.

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: http://chme.nmsu.edu/academics/syllabi/chme-common-syllabus-addendum/

Last modified: November 16, 2017