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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.

  • Design and synthesis of supramolecular compounds to facilitate the transport of biologically relevant molecules through lipid membranes
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic compounds
  • Lipid membrane surface chemistry
  • Computational organic chemistry
  • Molecular modeling of iminosugar inhibitors of carbohydrate-processing enzymes

The results of these original research projects are often presented by students and faculty at regional and national meetings of the professional societies.