Research in Chemistry
Capstone research is the cullimination of a chemistry
major's course of study. Each student works on a project of his
or her choosing in close collaboration with a faculty member in
the department. Work on a project that does not have a predetermined
outcome is both challenging and rewarding. Students frequently cite
their independent research as the most meaningful part of their
undergraduate experience. Student research often results in publication
in peer-reviewed scientific literature and in presentations by the
students themselves at regional and national scientific meetings.
All students who major
in chemistry must complete at least one semester of independent
research in the form of a CH
371 or CH
372 project supervised by a member of the chemistry faculty.
(Students who are majoring in the biology-chemistry
interdepartmental major may also complete their capstone research
project through CH 371 or CH 372.) Many students opt to continue
this research beyond a single semester. Additional semesters of
CH 371 or CH 372 will satisfy the 300-level elective requirement.
Independent research is typically completed in the senior year,
though some students choose to begin research earlier.
In order to begin independent research, a student
- identify a member of the chemistry faculty
who is willing to supervise the research project,
- submit a written proposal for the research
project to the department for approval, and
- submit a Special Permission
for Independent Study form to the Office of the Registrar
and register for CH 371 (fall semester) or CH 372 (spring semester).
To learn more about research activities in the
department, click here.
Please check with the chair of the department
or your academic advisor to find to find out about the deadlines
for submission of your research proposal.
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