Undergraduate research in chemistry and biochemistry here at UNI is a valuable opportunity for students to gain practical knowledge and experiences that will provide a solid foundation for further study and future employment. Researchers develop more than just an ability to perform laboratory techniques. Critical thinking and problem solving, for example, are important parts of any research project. Summer researchers also have some fun with weekly barbecues on the patio, volleyball matches, and other social activities.
To start, look at the faculty research interests or the summer research opportunities links to find out what general projects faculty are engaged in. Next, find projects that are interesting to you and email or drop by the office of the faculty to discuss their projects. The faculty are always glad to talk with students about their research projects!
You might also want to touch base with students who have been or are involved in research projects. Check out the list of student presentations at the Spring 2014 meeting of the American Chemical Society. The names of UNI undergraduates are in boldface.
All the UNI faculty are research active and most have students working with them on research projects during the academic year and/or during our summer research program. Fields of research include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry education, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Many projects are interdisciplinary. Please check this listing of faculty research areas for more information.
Acknowledgements: Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program was made possible by the hard work of both students, teachers and faculty. The UNI College of Natural Science, the UNI Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the UNI Office of International Programs provided stipends and support for this year's undergraduate students and the RAISE project funded research by high school teachers. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is most appreciative of the continuing support for undergraduate research given by the University of Northern Iowa Provost Office and the College of Natural Sciences.
Each year we send 10-15 students to present their research at the spring American Chemical Society meeting. The most recent topics are listed here. Learn more about ACS Student Affiliate activities at UNI.
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