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Undergraduate Chemistry
Research for Credit
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studentAlthough it is not a requirement for the degree, research is an important component of undergraduate education, whether or you are bound for graduate work in chemistry or pursuing a career in industry. There are many reasons to enhance your undergraduate experience with research:  Developing relevant laboratory practical skills, gaining a deeper understanding of chemistry, fostering closer interactions with fellow students and faculty, expanding your professional network. Interactions with the faculty are very helpful for obtaining quality recommendations for whichever career path you follow after graduation. Such recommendations are indispensable for students intending to pursue advanced degrees in chemistry. For these reasons, the majority of Chemistry majors graduate with several semesters of research experience. In most cases, this experience is gained through working with a research group within the chemistry department, although a few students elect to perform research in allied departments.

 

Finding a Research Group

Information on research opportunities and research group activities can be found through our faculty webpages Once you have identified research groups of potential interest, be proactive in making yourself known to the faculty member. Whether a given group can accommodate you upon first contact will depend on a number of factors. If you are unable to get into your initial group of choice, persistence usually pays off. Keep in mind that a strong performance in course work, especially in lab courses, can benefit you in finding a research group; laboratory directors are often consulted for information on undergraduates seeking to join a research group. Finally, it is important that you seek out opportunities and make yourself known to potential research directors well in advance, especially if you are seeking a summer position.

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Freshmen & Sophomores | Chem 294 & 294H

Students are expected to work in the lab for a minimum of six hours per week per credit of CHEM 294. To register for CHEM 294, students should find a research adviser, set up a research plan, then fill out the Research Registration Form.  Additionally, students should have the faculty member overseeing the research send a request to the Undergraduate Program Office, specifying the number of credits prior to the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which credit is requested.

Registration Requirements

 

Juniors & Seniors | Chem 494 & 494H

Up to eight credits of research (CHEM 494) may be applied to fulfill the 400-level elective requirement of the major. Fewer CHEM credits may be applied if co-op credits are also used for this purpose. Students are expected to work in the lab for a minimum of six hours per week per credit of CHEM 494. To register for CHEM 494, students should find a research adviser, set up a research plan, then fill out the Research Registration Form.  Additionally, students should have the faculty member overseeing the research send a request to the Undergraduate Program Office, specifying the number of credits prior to the end of the drop/add period for the semester in which credit is requested.

Registration Requirements

 

Report Requirement

Students are required to submit a brief written report summarizing the work performed during the semester, the conclusions reached as a result of this work, and recommendations for the next steps of the project. Specifications for the report are determined by the student’s advisor.