Research is an integral (and required) part of the ACS-certified degree programs. It is also often the most rewarding and exciting component of an undergraduates’ experience. Faculty in the Department of Chemistry offer laboratories in all areas of chemistry (analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic, or physical), and many projects bridge multiple aspects of the chemical sciences. Investigate the opportunities by reading faculty research descriptions.
Inquiries to work with a professor should be made directly to them by email. Introduce yourself and, briefly, explain your interest in their lab. Students conducting research during the academic year with chemistry faculty may receive credit for CHM 391/392. There are also competitive fellowships awarded for summer research by URECA.
Outside the Department of Chemistry
While the majority of chemistry majors complete research with faculty in the department, many students complete their research requirement elsewhere. Options include research with WFU School of Medicine faculty, interdisciplinary research in other WFU departments and research labs at other academic institutions or summer industry experiences. Students interested in completing their research requirement outside of the department must complete the CHM 390 Approval Form and submit it to Dr. Lindsay Comstock. A list of WFU School of Medicine faculty who have previously supervised CHM 390 research can be found here.