Opportunities for Undergraduates

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Here at the University of Rochester, we offer many ways for students to get involved in research or in the department. There are numerous research opportunities with faculty members during the academic year and/or the summer. If you prefer other opportunities to get involved, the department offers both Employment and Teaching opportunities. You could also join the Undergradute Chemistry Council to promote interest in chemistry among students and community.


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The Chemistry Department provides a variety of opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research programs during the academic year and the summer. Faculty members welcome undergraduates in their research groups and usually arrange a close collaboration with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These symbiotic interactions provide opportunities for students to work with the latest equipment and ideas in modern chemical science, in an environment that provides close mentoring and support.


bulTeaching & Employment Opportunities

There are several ways for you to become actively involved in the teaching programs in the department or as a student employee. These positions offer you opportunities to put your knowledge to work to help others learn, to develop new communication and leadership skills, and to test out your interest in teaching. In addition you will find that you develop new relationships with the faculty, the department, and the College.

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The general goal of the UCC is to promote interest in chemistry among the students and community of the University of Rochester. They strive to provide students with access to chemistry related, networking, outreach, educational and social events. In the past, this organization has had lunches with professors, discussions with professionals, offered Science center demonstration trips, organized presentations and advising, and even put together a Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream social!


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Our university is a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site, providing funding for a number of students every summer. As required by policy, preference will be given to students from schools that do not have a PhD program in Chemistry. Underrepresented minority students and women are especially encouraged to apply. Summer research students have their own research problem, a specific faculty advisor and a specific day-to-day graduate student or postdoctoral mentor. Everybody participates in a weekly group meeting, reporting to each other on their research projects and results in oral, poster, and written form. Discussions of careers, graduate work, and scientific ethics are also part of the experience.

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For more information on the Chemistry Undergraduate Program, please contact our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, a faculty member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, or one of our Peer Advisors.