Research is an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with a faculty member as early as your freshman year. It’s hands-on student engagement — guiding you through the process of discovery.
The laboratories in Hickey Hall are for students working with faculty members in the departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and engineering-physics-systems. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has two large, flexible, multi-user labs — one for chemical synthesis and the other for chemical measurement. Research opportunities are available during the academic year for credit and during the summer months for paid compensation.
The research interests of the chemistry faculty are constantly changing and developing. Here are some areas of current research interest with which chemistry majors can become involved.
The results of these original research projects are often presented by students and faculty at regional and national meetings of the professional societies.
Below are a few examples of the instrumentation housed in our labs.
“Research is really dynamic, it’s constantly ebbing and flowing. I
tell my research students all the time that 95 percent of everything
that they are going to do in the lab will probably fail. But, it’s in
learning from these failures and trying to find the elusive five percent
that makes everything worthwhile. Sometimes we need to take two steps
back in order to take one step forward. It’s experiencing this kind of
success that actually makes it worthwhile to go back and address a new
problem with even more excitement.”
Dr. Seann MulcahyAssociate Professor of Chemistry
some of our research students who are navigating life in the chemistry lab — gaining hands-on training directed by faculty members.