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COUNTS Program

Are you interested in learning more about the sciences? Have you considered earning a degree in chemistry? The University of Richmond’s COUNTS Program (College Outreach Nurturing Teens in Science) offers opportunities for high school students to have hands-on chemistry experiences in a college setting. 

The program includes the “Saturday Seminar” immersion experience (with the option to choose one in February or April). A limited number of five-week summer research fellowships are also available, offering a mentored research experience (May-June).

Saturday Seminar: Succeeding in Science

There are several different specializations in chemistry; each area has unique and intriguing features.

During the seminar, our faculty members will introduce the attendees to three different areas of chemistry. Students will also meet with senior university professionals for an interactive discussion on study skills, stress and time management, and setting boundaries. Highlights will include:

  • A tour of the Department of Chemistry
  • Experiments in a chemistry lab led by faculty
  • Open forum Q&A session with academic skills and counseling professionals.

The 2016 dates for the Saturday Seminars are February  13 and April 9, 2016. If you are interested in attending the Seminar please complete the application form. Permission letters from parents and a support letter from a high school teacher must be submitted with the application as well.

Along with the wealth of knowledge and experience, attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and a book on an aspect of the modern science. During the Saturday Seminar, lunch and dinner will be provided at no cost to the attendees.

Summer research

Each summer, University of Richmond students converge in the chemistry department for several weeks of intense research. Rising senior high school students who attend the Saturday Seminar sessions will be eligible to apply for a limited number of five-week summer research opportunities in our chemistry department. Details will be provided during the one-day lab visits. If you are interested in being considered for a summer research opportunity, please let us know when you complete the Saturday Seminar application. A separate application is not needed.

For More Information

Dr. Kelling Donald

Associate Professor of Chemistry
(804) 484-1628
kdonald@richmond.edu