Better Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.

 

 

StanCE Consortium members are not only developing better chemistry for a sustainable future, but also encouraging scientific and cultural exchanges between center participants.  The exchange of scholars among the participating groups also facilitates technology transfer between connected laboratories, but allows next generation scientists to understand the cultural contexts of sustainable technologies and economies on a global basis. Between 2013 and the present a total of 22 personnel exchanges have taken place between member laboratories in the U.S., Germany, and Japan.  Though all academic levels have been represented in these exchanges, the vast majority (15) have taken place with young scientists (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral).  The scholars' blogs in the following articles describe the broader impacts of sustainable technology development and the individual growth, scientifically and personally, among consortium trainees.

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Preparing for Germany

 

I chose to study abroad because I believe that studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity. My research professor, Dr. Anthony Arduengo, offered to take me abroad during the Fall 2014 semester, for the Spring 2015 semester. I did not have any other decisions other than to commit to the trip and figure out the details later.

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 My Semester Abroad at Johannes Gutenberg Universtät

 

When I first heard about this study abroad program in the fall of 2015 sitting in my organic chemistry I class, I was intrigued. I had always wanted to study abroad and to expand my understandings of different cultures and countries around the world, but being a science major these programs were far and few in between when compared to the amount offered for business majors. This was going to be my opportunity! I went to a few meetings and managed to convince my roommate, Joseph, to attend a meeting as well and when we were both offered the opportunity to go I think we were both relieved that even though we were jumping into a study abroad program that started less than 3 months from accepting, at least we would have a familiar face while doing so.

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Katie Davis's Exchange Blog

Darcy Hinton's Exchange Blog