Prithvi Pande Rose Hills
Research Proposal for General Chemistry Lab Development
The undergraduate chemistry curricula at UC Berkeley has been undergoing a series of changes in the past years to update the experiments and increase their relevancy to students as they move on through their college careers. The main goals of this curriculum redesign are centered on creating experiments that give students an understanding and appreciation for green chemistry, and designing curricula that embodies authentic practice allowing students to experience science as it occurs outside the classroom setting and giving them insights into how research is realistically conducted. The project I am focusing on is a continuation of an experiment we designed the past year revolving around the aquatic toxicity of commonly used pesticides. The aim is to complete the lab module, currently only two experiments, with a third experiment which allows chemistry students to conduct an in vivo assay of their specific compound, giving students an insight into toxicology and its relationship with chemistry.