Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduates have many opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research. Our faculty has a wide range of research interests and expertise, and also actively collaborates with researchers in other departments. Our students 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.
Research Course Details
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits||Grade Option|
|Chem 290||Freshman and Sophomore Research||1-3 (variable)||P/F|
|Chem 490||Research||1-6 (variable)||P/F|
|Chem 495||Advanced Research||3||Letter|
Chem 290 offers first and second year students an introduction to research. A student planning to register for Chem 290 with a chemistry research advisor should obtain verbal approval from that faculty member before registering, but a formal proposal is not required. For research experiences with mentors outside the Department of Chemistry, please see below.
Chem 490 offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to get involved in advanced laboratory work on a selected topic in chemistry. A student planning to register for Chem 490 research with a chemistry research advisor should obtain verbal approval from that faculty member before registering, but a formal proposal is not required. For research experiences with mentors outside the Department of Chemistry, please see below.
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 and 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 reviewing their faculty profiles and confirming their availability to work with undergraduate students. You may also contact Professor Richard Mabbs to discuss getting started in undergraduate research.
Research experiences outside 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 for Chem 290, the student must submit the Chem 290 Project Proposal Form. To obtain this approval for Chem 490, the student must submit the Chem 490 Project Proposal Form, which includes a short description of the proposed research project, and identifies the faculty mentor and the number of hours dedicated to research per week. To obtain approval for Chem 495, the student must submit the Chem 495 Application Form, see section above. To qualify for chemistry research credit, the project must be of a “chemical” nature. Submit the forms to Professor Richard Mabbs for review and approval.