Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the UI

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Research is an important component of the curriculum for most B.S. chemistry majors at Iowa; it provides students an opportunity to work in a faculty member's laboratory and be involved in a scientific project that is likely to be at the forefront of chemical research.

Undergraduate researchers will be involved in a unique project and may work closely with a graduate student or post-doctoral scientist. Students may begin doing research at any point in their academic career, but the best time to start is generally after the first semester of organic chemistry but before the final semester. Students will want sufficient time to develop a mastery of the relevant research and, thus, be able to make significant progress on individual projects.

To find a research mentor:

  • Examine the research interests of our faculty and identify a few faculty members whose research you would like to learn more about.
  • Talk to these faculty members about undergraduate research opportunities in their laboratories.
  • Consider the available opportunities (you can discuss the possibilities with your advisor) and make a selection. Notify the faculty member you have chosen and make arrangements to begin work. Amongst the things to be decided are the number of hours per week you are available to work in the laboratory and the number of credit hours for which you will register. Typically, three to four hours of laboratory work per week are expected for each semester hour of research credit (as CHEM: 3994 (4:162)). In addition, a written report of the research progress must be handed in to the faculty mentor at the end of the semester.

Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities