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24 October 2013

Future Nobel laureates give university chemistry a whirl

Three day training

High school students from around the country were able to test the waters of their dream education for three days in October. The University opened its doors for a three-day training that is held in collaboration between the countrys institutions of higher learning.

Testing three modes of learning

The Department of Chemistry received 30 high-school students from Zealand, Jutland and Fyn who were each allowed to find out if chemistry was the right programme for them. They partook in three types of instruction that are typical for the programme: calculus lessons , lectures and not least, exercises in the Department of Chemistry’s laboratories.

Test tubes and fluids a hit

The specially designed lab activities were a success, and one of the guests wrote in the subsequent evaluation, “I think that the composition of the programme’s different aspects were good. In particular, it was really cool to be in the laboratory.”

Another wrote: “The practical training allowed me to speak to and ask students as much as I wanted to. Also, I got to see that the social element is nearly as important as the academic one.”

Huge contribution from  students

Department Head Mikael Bols is pleased and extremely thankful for the students who were so generous with their time, and especially Freja Østerstrøm , Christoffer Lind, Malene Plesner and David Bo Nygaard  who were responsible for the laboratory day and who made a tremendous contribution. .

Science secures bright bulbs to pave the way for the future

Within the University of Copenhagen, the Faculty of Science in particular has taken to heart and acted upon an acknowledgement that science programmes serve an extremely important role: to attract the students who are so vital for the country’s continued welfare and development. 

Because it is up to the future chemists, physicists, biologists and nanotechnologists to discover climate-friendly energy sources, safe and effective pharmaceuticals and products and production methods that do no harm to people, animals or the environment.

In short, the future’s brightest minds gathered for three days in October to meet with researchers, instructors and potential classmates at the University of Copenhagen.