Undergraduate Research

We encourage all chemistry students to become involved with research. The benefits are many:

  • development of skills associated with working in the chemical literature
  • development of advanced laboratory skills and methods of data archival and analysis
  • increased interactions with your peers and faculty within the department
  • greater exposure to state-of-the art instrumentation used in chemical research
  • easier transition to graduate study or employment
  • flexible scheduling of research time (as opposed to structured teaching labs)
  • increased self-confidence and independence in laboratory research
  • development of written and oral communication skills
Research Courses
  • CHEM 190: Freshman Honors Research - allows students to become involved in independent research for credit in the spring of their freshman year.
  • CHEM 290: Sophomore Research - you can take CHEM 290 for credit in the sophomore year. The credit earned through CHEM 290 counts towards the GPA, but does not apply to the 120 hour minimum for graduation.
  • CHEM 390: Junior Research - you can take CHEM 390 for credit in the junior year. The credit earned through CHEM 390 counts towards the GPA, but does not apply towards the 120 hour minimum for graduation
  • CHEM 490: Senior Research - you may take this course for 1 – 3 credits per semester with a maximum of 6 credits. ACS approval requires a minimum 3 credits in this course. The major writing requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling concurrently in CHEM 490W.
  • CHEM 495/496: Honors Research - open to students who meet guidelines set by the College and have the permission of their research advisor.

Students are sometimes interested in research projects conducted in other departments, especially VIMS or applied science. We have developed guidelines for this sort of project. The research must be chemically oriented and approved by the department. Consult with the Director of Undergraduate Research for details.