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 $5,000 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. 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.