Opportunities for Undergraduate Research
An important component of the undergraduate chemistry degree experience is the opportunity to pursue some kind of independent research project.
Students will typically initiate such a project by registering for Individual Investigation (CHEM 40796). Some students will subsequently complete a more extensive project leading to the writing of a senior thesis.
These vehicles provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn, on a one-on-one basis with a faculty member of their own choosing, some of the skills required to become a successful practicing chemist. Pursuit of such a project promotes intellectual development and enhances a student’s practical skills in ways that cannot be readily accomplished in a more traditional laboratory course.
It is quite common for the research work performed by undergraduates to be presented at professional conferences and published in chemical journals. The experiences garnered during a student’s undergraduate research experience will prove invaluable in securing a position in a top graduate school, obtaining an industrial job, or gaining access to a top medical or other professional school.
A wide variety of research projects suitable for pursuit by undergraduates are available in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This booklet contains a one-page summary of research interests at the undergraduate level for each chemistry faculty member who has expressed an interest in advising undergraduates through an individual research project. You are encouraged to read through these descriptions and then contact any faculty whose research interests you. Remember - it is important for you to let the faculty know that you are interested in working with them. If you find a faculty member with whom you would like to work, and who is willing to direct your research project, then you may register for the appropriate course and begin your exciting journey to the cutting edge of chemistry. If you have any questions, please contact the undergraduate office at (330) 672-2405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.