Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry

Get started as early in your undergraduate career as possible so you have a chance to build your skills and contribute to the research in the laboratory you work in. You may find that you can join a laboratory in your freshman year and continue until graduation.

Step 1: Learn about the research going on in the department and beyond and identify two or three areas that interest you.

  • Visit faculty web pages to learn about their fields of interest.
  • Talk to your faculty advisor.
  • Talk to other students and your TA’s about their research.
  • Look at the posters in the hallways of the department.

Step 2: Contact two or three faculty members and ask for an appointment to discuss their research and the possibility of an undergrad position in their lab. If you don’t hear back within a few weeks, send another email or drop by their office.

Get the most from your research