Every summer, the department and a number of private and corporate partners provide summer undergraduate research fellowships. This program is only available for chemistry and biochemistry concentrators in their freshman, sophomore or junior year. Our expectation is a minimum 10-week full time research equivalent, including participation in the program of activities associated with the REU program (weekly seminars, field trips, final poster session).
he Department of Chemistry offers courses which allow undergraduate students to participate in the scholarly activities of the faculty. The courses require considerable initiative on the part of the student both in arranging for collaboration with a particular faculty member and in carrying out the collaboration. It is wise to start exploring possible arrangements THE TERM BEFORE YOU INTEND TO REGISTER, but in any event registration must be completed by the end of the drop/add period of the term. The courses are:
Chem 218. Independent Study in Biochemistry Permission of instructor. For students with less than junior standing.(1) May be repeated for a total of 4 credits toward graduation requirements.
Chem 219. Independent Study in Chemistry Permission of instructor. For students with less than junior standing.(1) May be repeated for a total of 4 credits toward graduation requirements.
Chem 398. Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry Junior standing (55 credits toward program) and permission of the professor who will supervise the research. (1-4). May be elected for a total of 4 credits toward graduation requirements.
Chem 399. Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Junior standing (55 credits toward program) and permission of the professor who will supervise the research. (1-4). May be elected for a total of 4 credits toward graduation requirements.
Consider research interests of the faculty as described in the chemistry graduate brochure or websites and make appointments for meetings.
Reach agreement on the research project for the term with a professor of choice and complete the Student-Professor Agreement for Independent Study for each term registered. Each credit is equivalent to at least four hours a week of actual work for a 14 week term (minimum 50 hours per term-credit hour).
Confirm with your faculty advisor that you have the required safety training to work in their lab which must meet OSEH guidelines.
Submit a copy of the form to Student Services in 1500 CHEM and you will receive an email when you can register via Wolverine Access. When thinking about independent research, keep in mind the drop/add deadline for each term (generally 3 weeks after the start of classes.) You should give yourself enough time to consult with faculty, write your proposal, and get an override before that deadline each term.Submit a short report to your research advisor by the last day of exams unless required earlier by research advisor.
Discuss research projects with students.
Sign the Student-Professor Agreement for Independent Study or Undergraduate Research form for each term of registration.
Specify what will be required of the student: what type of report will be required, and when they are due (no later than the last day of exams), hours student is expected to work, etc.
Grade student (A-E). (A's are not automatic.)