The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois
Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to participate in research during their undergraduate careers. Research provides an opportunity to apply the principles learned in the classroom to an original problem. In addition, prospective employers and graduate schools both strongly value the undergraduate research experience.
If you are an undergraduate interested in researching on campus, you should begin by reviewing the different research areas and faculty listing, which contain links to professors' research and information. Although not required to pursue research, having an idea of which areas of chemistry you are interested may help to narrow down your search. Please also note that most faculty require a minimum of a two semester commitment.
Once you have examined the options in terms of research areas and your future goals, you can fill out the research webform, found in the left hand navigation menu or by clicking here. This form asks general questions about your experiences and interests and also has a space to upload your resume/CV, which is highly recommended. Please take care to fill out the form as carefully and completely as possible.
After you have submitted the webform, you will be contacted by a Department of Chemistry staff member who can help to facilitate the undergraduate research process.
If you are interested in viewing research opportunities from outside organizations, click on the 'Outside Opportunities' in the left menu.