Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research to experience the excitement of searching for answers to real world problems. There is no lab manual and there is no better way to learn chemistry than to apply all that you have learned in your courses to your own research project. There are a multitude of research opportunities for undergraduates in chemistry, at U of U and at institutions all over the country and even the world!
Year-Round Research Opportunities
Finding a Research Advisor:
After examining the faculty profiles/projects on the link above, students should be able to identify 3-4 professors whose research corresponds with their own interests, and apply for positions in the lab by visiting the application page. Students will need to complete an application for each professor of interest. The faculty will then review all applicants and contact each student to make an appointment to discuss the possibility of being in their lab. Students should find out as much as possible about the goals and work environment of the research group, as well as be prepared to have a discussion with professors about their research and corresponding project. This can be achieved by thoroughly reading the linked publications under each faculty member's posting. Some questions students may wish to ask are:
- What are the real world impacts of this research?
- Could future undergraduate research in this lab be applied toward a peer-reviewed paper?
- Will I need to attend group meetings?
- Will I be working with a graduate student or post-doctoral mentor?
- How often will I have direct contact with the faculty member?
Students should also be prepared to answer questions about their academic and employment background from the faculty member.
Funding Opportunities at the University of Utah:
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP):
Click on each of the thumbnails below to learn more about some of the students that have successfully completed undergraduate research in chemistry, the projects they have completed, and their post graduation plans.
Summer Research Opportunities
- National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU)
- Join undergraduates from colleges and universities across the United States. Engage in full-time, cutting-edge research on a project of your choice from June 1 - July 31, 2015.
- The program includes stipend, travel allowance, room and board, training and research, seminars and symposia, and outdoor adventures in the spectacular Wasatch mountains. Contact Janis Louie or Jon Rainier for more information. Submit your application by March 15, 2015 to receive full consideration.
- NSF-REU Opportunities Off Campus.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (NIST-SURF) for students majoring in physics, materials science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering.
- American Chemical Society opportunities
- Cirrus: Chemistry Internet Resource for Research for Undergraduate Students
- Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)- Equal parts research internship, learning community, and mentoring program. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research and graduate school for up to four years.
- Internship Information