Mona Minkara - Implementation of Protocols to Enable Doctoral Training in Physical and Computational Chemistry of a Blind Graduate Student.

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        Minkara, M. S.;   Weaver, M. N.; Gorske, J.; Bowers, C. R.; Merz, K. M.   JrImplementation   of Protocols to Enable Doctoral Training in Physical and   Computational Chemistry of a Blind Graduate   Student. Chem.   Educ.2015, 92 (8),   pp 1280–1283


        There exists a sparse representation of blind and low-vision   students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics   (STEM) fields. This is due in part to these individuals being   discouraged from pursuing STEM degrees as well as a lack of   appropriate adaptive resources in upper level STEM courses and   research. Mona Minkara is a rising fifth year graduate student in   computational chemistry at the University of Florida. She is also   blind. This account presents efforts conducted by an expansive   team of university and student personnel in conjunction with Mona   to adapt different portions of the graduate student curriculum to   meet Mona’s needs. The most important consideration is prior   preparation of materials to assist with coursework and cumulative   exams. Herein we present an account of the first four years of   Mona’s graduate experience hoping this will assist in the   development of protocols for future blind and low-vision graduate   students in computational chemistry.

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