Student Research in the Department of Chemistry
The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) was conceived in the Department of Chemistry but now encompasses all the disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences. A student in the SURE program spends 8-10 weeks of the summer collaborating with a professor (and sometimes other students) on an original research project that fits into the faculty member's overall research program. SURE students generally live on campus and receive a stipend for their summer work. For detailed information, see the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience page.
Students who are interested in doing research with a faculty member during the academic year may enroll in the course CH 496 (or BC 496) "Independent Research." Taking the place of one of the students five courses, Independent Research allows the student to spend 10-15 hours per week working with a professor on an original laboratory research project. For more information see the Hill Book.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs provide opportunities for a student to spend the summer at a university anywhere in the country or even abroad working in the laboratory of a faculty member at a research university. This type of program allows a student to work alongside graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, use the most sophisticated instrumentation, and ultimately gain a sense of what graduate school in chemistry/biochemistry is like.
Seminar & Thesis
Each chemistry and biochemistr major writes a research thesis on his/her research in the fall of the senior year. In the spring semester, seniors present their theses to all the students and faculty in the department.
Students may perform internships at local companies during the academic year. If you are interested in doing an internship, please contact:
Professor Maria Curtin