Chemistry work-term report requirements and instructions

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the cancellation of in-person activities on campus, Chemistry and Biochemistry work term reports will be submitted online in digital format only for Spring 2020 term submission. Please upload a digital copy of your work term report (docx or pdf format) to the following portal named Cooperator:

https://cooperator.sci.uwaterloo.ca

You will also be required to submit a digital copy of your report to the dropbox on LEARN in the Chemistry Work Report site for chemistry students, or the Biochemistry Work Report site for biochemistry students. This is so that we may review your Turnitin score for your report. If you would like to opt out of the Turnitin submission, you will need to contact Julie Shikaze for further instructions so that references may be checked manually. 

Both sites will open on May 11, 2020 for Spring 2020 term submission, and you must submit your report to both Cooperator and LEARN sites by May 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at which time they will close.

All Chemistry work-term reports must be addressed to the chair of the Chemistry Department, Dr. Bill Power. If you have questions about topic selection for your work-term report, please contact Dr. Graham Murphy.

If you are currently in your first term of a double work term, you will not be required to submit your report(s) until the study term following your second work term, but you may submit a report after the first term if you wish.

For confidential work term reports, please process the work report as per your arrangement with Dr. Stefan Idziak, Professor and Associate Dean for Co-operative Education. You will not need to provide digital copies to Julie Shikaze in Cooperator and LEARN.

Extensions for late submission, with reasons, must be approved by Dr. Idziak.

Please note that students who started their academic plan in 2015 or later will be still be required to successfully complete three work term reports.

How will Chemistry work-term reports be graded?  

All work-term reports submitted by Chemistry students will be evaluated using the Chemistry Work Term Report Rubric. Chemistry students must follow the specific formatting requirements as outlined in the Chemistry Work Term Report Rubric and the Faculty of Science Work Report Guidelines.

Any report that receives two or more “unsatisfactory” grades in one category of the rubric must be re-submitted within three weeks from the day the resubmission email notice is sent. Failure to resubmit a satisfactory report within this period will result in loss of the work-term report credit for that term.

For this reason students are strongly advised to consult this rubric and the Faculty of Science Work Report Guidelines as they prepare their reports and before they submit them. Students who submit reports with numerous grammatical errors will be required to take supplementary instruction (e.g. attend Writing Centre workshops or take an English writing course).