The College of Chemistry Scholars Program (COCSP) was established in 1991 to promote and advance the educational and career opportunities of students from underrepresented groups and students that may benefit from extra learning support in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering.
The program offers discussion sections for core Chemistry and Chemical Engineering courses, including general, organic, and physical chemistry, and for the first upper-division gateway course in Chemical Engineering. The sections are taught by teams of experienced undergraduates (Undergraduate Student Instructors, or UGSIs) who provide crucial mentoring and community-building opportunities as well as academic guidance and support.
Chemistry Scholars Educational Leads hold discussion sessions for three hours each week in addition to regular lectures and laboratories. Interactive learning is a core principle and is pursued through worksheets, problem sets, and mini quizzes.
Chemistry Scholars Educational Leads facilitate Chem Scholar 98W sections for courses in the Fall and Spring semesters:
- Chem 4A (Sp) 4B (F)
- Chem12A (Sp) 12B (F)
- Chem 120A (Sp) and (F)
- CBE 140 (Sp) and (F)
The program's goal is to increase the retention and success rates of students in the College from groups historically underrepresented in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other science fields.