Research can begin as early as the completion of your freshman year. The majority of students under the direction of a faculty member are rising juniors and seniors.
HOW DO I START?
- Read this brochure and pick 2-3 professors who have an interest similar to your own. Visit the faculty website and read about their research.
- Send them an email and ask to set up a meeting to discuss their research and options for working with them.
- Choose a research professor who has indicated they are interested and inform them of your decision.
- Discuss your research options with the professor.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
This may fill a space on your resume, but the benefitsof undergraduate research are much more far-reaching. Research at UTC will reap dividends not obvious to you now.
- Academic credit
- Professional development
- Better informed career decisions
- Publications in refereed journals
- Travel to professional meetings and presentation of research results
- Development of critical thinking skills and independent thought
- Exposure to laboratory techniques, chemical literature and development of communication skills
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
- Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP): Since 1986, the Department of Chemistry has conducted summer research funded by the Grote Chemistry endowment. This outstanding program pairs students with faculty working in partnership for 10 weeks. Students receive a substantial stipend, participate in weekly seminars, and are awarded a travel stipend to present their results at a professional meeting. URP students take Chem 4997 or 4995 the following semester. The application process for the following summer URP begins in October.
- Take Research for University Credit:
- CHEM 4997:T his is a research class that is usually taken in the fall or spring semester. For two credits hours of work, students are expected to commit 6 hours of laboratory work per week. At the end of the term, students present their results in written form and/or orally at a special departmental seminar.
- CHEM 4995: similar to 4997, this class leads to a departmental honors thesis which is defended before the student’s faculty committee. When approved, Departmental Honors is awarded to the student.