Research Opportunities

Students can collaborate on research with chemistry faculty during the semester (for credit) or during the summer (as paid research assistants). Some examples include:

  • Exploring how changes in protein structure can help us discover and understand new anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs and developing  ways of analyzing biological samples using chemiluminscence. (D. Stoub, funded by NIH)
  • Developing new catalysts for producing biodiesel fuel. (C. Fictorie)
  • Creating computer models to explore the weather on exoplanets (planets orbing stars other than the sun). (C. Visscher, funded by the NSF and NASA)

Students co-author peer-reviewed manuscripts and present at national and regional conferences. 

Chemistry students have participated in research at other universities through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) and with federal laboratories.

Most majors serve as laboratory or classroom assistants, combining student employment income with on-the-job training in research and teaching.