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Welcome to Senior Project - CHM 491 & CHM 492

Important Information for CHM 491 & CHM 492 Students:

Effective Fall of 2011, Dr. Michael Page will become the Senior Projects Coordinator. I will continue to keep this webpage active as an additional reference.

Please read the document "Senior Project Requirements" for your complete guide to a successful and educational senior project.

  • Please allow a minimum of three (3) quarters for finishing your senior project. Seniors who enroll in CHM 491 two quarter prior to their expected graduation date usually find themselves delaying their graduation and post-graduation plans in order to finish their senior project. "I need to graduate!" and/or "I have to start graduate school next quarter" are not sufficient reasons for petitioning from senior project.
  • To enroll in CHM 491 & CHM 492, all students must submit a completed Enrollment Form to the Department office.
  • All CHM 491 students must attend an orientation and perform an online safety training session. Emails and flyers for this seminar will be distributed during the second week of each quarter. For your convenience, an online safety training session is administered during orientation.
  • Students who have received an exemption from attending orientation must obtain the proper documents from Dr. Page and then schedule a safety seminar with coordinator in accordance to the instructions below.
  • By default, all students will receive a grade of "RP" for CHM 491 & CHM 492. I, in consultation with your advisor, will change the "RP" grade into a letter grade when you complete your senior project proposal, submit your dissertation, and submit all the necessary clearance forms.
  • Registration in CHM 491 or CHM 492 and the "RP" grades that are given are valid for a one-year period from the time the "RP" grade is assigned. If it has been more than a year since your enrollment in CHM 491 or CHM 492, then you will need to contact the Registrar's office and extend the RP grade or register again for CHM 491 and/or CHM 492.

 

Online Safety Training Instructions for all Students Doing Research.

As stated above, the first online safety training session is conducted concurrent with the senior project orientation.

Should you need to take online safety training at any other time during he quarter, please contact the coordinator with your Cal Poly Pomona e-mail account number. They will then notify you on how to access the online safety training material and corresponding exams.

There are three closing dates each quarter when you can submit the online exams for grading. They are 5:00 P.M. on:

  • Friday of Week One
  • Friday of Week Five
  • Friday of Week Eight

Should you pass the safety training exams, you will receive your Safety Training Verification (STV) on the Monday following the closing date you selected for submitting your exams. Only when you have received your STV, may you enter the laboratory for research.

 

Specific Information for CHM 491 Students:

To enroll in CHM 491 you will need to:

(1) Complete and submit an Enrollment Form to the Department office,

(2) Attend the orientation & ES&H safety seminar - Information on the date and time for this seminar will be made available during the second week of the quarter,

(3) Complete the "Senior Project Proposal Form" with your advisor, and

(4) Submit a completed "Chemistry Department Safety Training Record" documenting that you "Passed the Safety Exams" and have received additional safety instructions from your advisor.

To continue to CHM 492, you will need to submit a half-page abstract that outlines your completed work to date and of your plans for continuing your research. The abstract must be received by Dr. Page no later than Friday of week number ten of the quarter in which you are enrolled in CHM 491.

 

Specific Information for CHM 492 Students:

To enroll in CHM 492, you will need to complete and submit an Enrollment Form to the Department office.

If you require more than two quarters to finish your senior project, you must enroll in CHM 400 for all subsequent quarters for which you are in a lab conducting research.

You will need to submit a half-page abstract that outlines your completed work to date and of your plans for continuing your research for each quarter that you are working on your senior project. Abstracts must be received by Dr. Page no later than Friday of week number ten of the quarter in which you are working on you senior project.

To receive a letter grade for Senior Project you need to:

(1) Submit two bound copies of your dissertation to your advisor. The dissertation should have a cover page and a writing style that follows the guidelines stated in the "Notes to Authors" document.

(2) Submit a signed Clearance Form!

(3) Submit a signed "Returned Keys" Receipt from Facilities

 

Required Documents and References: