Conducting research is a vital component in the education of a chemist. When doing research, you may have the chance to work with and design instruments that you were only able to talk about in class, you may get to conduct intricate syntheses of molecules that have previously never been developed, or you may help to discover phenomenon in the environment by using the latest software to take measurements that have never been recorded before.
Overall, you will learn new techniques, concepts and skills that will be invaluable to your future career goals. Over 80% of chemistry majors have participated in undergraduate research and have benefited educationally, professionally and personally from the opportunity.
What Do You Gain From Participating in Research?
Apply concepts, methods and techniques learned in coursework to real-world research questions
Develop relationships with scientists in your department, campus, and around the world
Develop your critical thinking, communication, team-working, leadership and problem solving skills
Learn cutting-edge techniques to solve real-world problems that interests you
Explore and prepare for future careers by learning new methods, techniques, and skills
Contribute new knowledge to your field of study which may result in publications or scientific presentations