Undergraduate Research and Independent Study
Notices - Please Read BEFORE you apply
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry Research Match Website. This site should be used for expressing your interest in doing undergraduate research with faculty members in the Department of Chemistry, and is intended to facilitate matching students with research mentors. Participation in undergraduate research is a long-standing tradition in the Department, and is a great learning experience that will help to further develop your problem-solving skills, your laboratory techniques, and your communication skills.
For students not currently in a research group who wish to apply for undergraduate research
To complete the application you will be asked to choose up to 5 research groups, ranked in order of your preferences. Before you indicate your interests on this application, be sure to spend some time finding out what your interests are. Take a while and review the science being done in our research groups and see what sorts of questions might truly motivate your interest in learning more about research in that area. See the Chemistry Faculty Roster.
We will also ask you to provide a little information about yourself (What is your major? What are your future professional plans after you graduate?), and we would like you to briefly describe (up to 500 words) your research interests and any prior research experience you may have already gained.
You will also be asked to supply the names and email addresses of 2 recommenders. The recommenders you name will receive an automatic email notifying them that you have applied and named them as recommenders. They will receive directions so they can submit their recommendation online. It is a good idea to contact your recommenders in advance and make sure they are willing to provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
Finally, you will also be asked to upload an UNOFFICIAL transcript, so please have this document handy when you get ready to apply.
After your application has been completed it will be evaluated by the faculty members that you selected. If a faculty member chooses to accept you into their research group you will be notified. It is also possible that faculty members may contact you to arrange a meeting prior to accepting you. In the event that you are not able to find a research group for the current term we encourage you to try again for following term, as space availability in research groups changes frequently.
For students who have already found a chemistry faculty member willing to serve as their research mentor who wish to enroll for independent study credits for the current term
Note – you must be enrolled and paying tuition. If you are already working as a member of a research group or have recently joined one, please provide us with your name, uniqname, and the name of your faculty mentor. We will use this information to help issue your override and/or keep track of your undergraduate research participation.
To access the enrollment page for students currently in research groups who plan to continue this term - Continuing Students Reporting page.
Once your status as a continuing student in a research lab has been confirmed by your faculty research advisor you will be contacted about your enrollment override. This will only occur if you plan to enroll for independent study credit for Spring and/or Summer term.
For Majors who wish to conduct undergraduate research outside the chemistry department
This website is designed to facilitate the placement of undergraduates into research groups of faculty members in the Chemistry Department. If you are a Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, or Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences Major and you wish to carry out undergraduate research in the lab of a faculty member in another department that is certainly ok (and encouraged if this is in line with your research interests). Once you have identified a faculty member in another department that is willing to accept you into their research group please contact Angie Cox in room 1500 Chemistry, and she can provide you with the necessary form that you and your out-of-department research mentor need to complete in order for you to receive independent study credit.