Undergraduate research is typically the first step students take if they are interested in choosing chemisty as a profession. Besides allowing them to establish a strong working relationship with a faculty member in their field of interest, undergraduate research teaches students how to communicate their results, both through publishing in peer-reviewed journals and by making formal presentations at the School of Arts & Sciences’ annual Student Symposium and at national and international conferences.
A department endowment provides several $4,500 stipends for students who do research on campus for a 10-week period during the summer. In addition, the School of Arts & Sciences awards many summer research fellowships, both through its own funding sources as well as national partners like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Plus, several chemistry faculty members have outside funding that provides stipends for summer research. A number of travel grants are also available for students who are ready to present their research at regional or national meetings and conferences.