Undergraduates have many opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research in Chemistry at Wash U. Our faculty has a wide range of research interests and expertise, and also actively collaborates with researchers in other departments. You can work with a faculty member or other scientist on a project of mutual interest, and as you grow as a scientist you will become more independent in your research project, developing your own project goals and the means with which to reach them.
Chemistry Research Course Number
Freshman and Sophomore Research
1 – 3 (variable)
1 – 6 (variable)
Grade (A, B, etc.)
The culmination of Chem 495 is a presentation given by the student to a faculty committee of three, followed by a Q&A session. Through the Chem 495 experience, students perform cutting-edge research, learn and practice invaluable communication skills, and become stronger scientists.
Enrollment in Chem 495 requires submission of the Chem 495 Application Form. The pre-requisite for Chem 495 is at least one prior semester of research in the same laboratory, for which credit may or may not have been awarded. Chem 495 qualifies as a capstone experience counts as an advanced elective towards the chemistry major with honors.
To arrange to participate in undergraduate research activities, you can reach out to chemistry faculty members directly, after reading their research summaries online at https://www.chemistry.wustl.edu/people and confirming their availability to work with undergraduate students. You may also contact Dr. Rachel Dunn to discuss getting started in undergraduate research.
Research experiences outside of the Chemistry Department may qualify for Chem 290, 490, or 495 credit. However, to do so, the project must be pre-approved by the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Work Committee. To obtain this approval, the student must write a short description of the proposed research project, and identify the faculty mentor and the number of hours dedicated to research per week. To qualify for Chemistry research credit, the project must be of a “chemical” nature. Submit the petition to Dr. Rachel Dunn for review and approval.
To find research opportunities outside of the Chemistry Department, you may contact Washington University’s Office of Undergraduate Research or the list of Biol 200/500 mentors, many of whom may have biochemistry or chemistry research projects available in their labs.