2014 Beckman Scholars Program
The UO Chemistry Department will be awarding prestigious Beckman Research Scholarships to qualifying undergraduate research students. 2014 Beckman Scholars Information
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2013 Chemistry Newsletter
The Department of Chemistry Newsletter is now available.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry encourages well-prepared students to consider the possibilities of pursuing an undergraduate research project. Before enrolling in undergraduate research (CH 401) the student needs to consider the extent of his/her background and future interest in science. The great advantage of the undergraduate research experience is the opportunity it provides the student to work in a research equipped laboratory on a scientific problem that will take the student well beyond the scope of textbook instruction. Students can consider research options as early as the sophomore year. However, it is more common to find students in research laboratories during their junior and/or senior years. Excellent opportunities for undergraduate research are also presented during the summer months (see Summer Research Opportunities, below). While this can prove to be an exciting option for undergraduate majors in chemistry and biochemistry, it is not one that should be taken lightly, for the research experience presents responsibilities both to the student and for the instructor.
For information on faculty research interests, see the Faculty Research Interest Summary. A more detailed description of a faculty member's reserach is avaliable by following their link from the Chemistry department Faculty page. Once you have determined where your interests lie, follow the selection process below.
The selection process for finding a research project involves approaching three to four faculty members, introducing oneself and explaining that you are interested in pursuing an undergraduate research project. After consideration of the research options available the student should make a decision and then revisit each faculty member and tell her/him what decision has been made. Students are not limited only to faculty members formally in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. There are many faculty members in related areas of science outside of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, such as molecular biology, neuroscience, chemical physics, physics, and cell biology, with whom students may conduct research projects for credit towards a chemistry or biochemistry degree.
Students earn academic credit from the undergraduate research experience by enrolling in Research (CH 401). Alternatively, students may earn an hourly wage in the research laboratory by arrangement with the individual faculty member. However, academic credit and an hourly wage can not be claimed for the same time commitment.
Academic credit hours are required for the research experience to be applied towards the requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree. If academic credits are selected the student needs to understand that three hours of laboratory work per week for the ten week term (fall, winter, spring or summer) are equivalent to one credit hour in CH 401. The exact number of credit hours for which a student may enroll during any one term depends upon the agreement reached with the faculty director. Students usually register for three credit hours each term, and consequently, assume a minimum weekly time commitment of 9 hours. If chemical research is included as part of the advanced elective for the chemistry major, at least six credit hours of CH 401 must be completed. A CH 401 Authorization Form must be submitted to the Chemistry and Biochemistry office in order to register for undergraduate research credits.
- through the Materials Science Institute:
Research Experience for Undergraduates is a ten-week expense-paid summer program for undergraduates in physics and chemistry.
A week-long, expense-paid introduction to materials synthesis and characterization.
- through the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry:
CSMC Summer Research Program/SMaRT Camp
A 9 week summer program in sustainable materials science. Students attend a one week tutorial called the Sustainable Materials Research Training (SMaRT) Camp and then perform research in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering at CSMC host labs.
- in Life Sciences:
Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in the Life Sciences
A paid summer program with flexible dates.