Research

Research Opportunities

We strongly encourage undergraduates to participate in independent research through the Chemistry 199 course. Participating in undergraduate research provides you with hands-on experience in the laboratory under the guidance of our outstanding faculty. This experience gives you skills and knowledge that will help prepare you for graduate study or work in industry.

Consult with your college and major adviser about the possibility of counting Chemistry 199 units toward your undergraduate degree or toward honors in your major.

To apply for research units, your research position must be unpaid. 

CHEM 99 and 199 applications must be submitted online by Friday of Week 1. 
  • Fall 2016 - Due by Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Winter 2017 - Due by Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Spring 2017 - Due by Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Summer 2017 - Due by Friday, July 7th, 2017*

    *Special Summer Studies will take place from July 3rd-September 9th.

CHEM 199 - Undergraduate Research

To qualify for Chemistry 199:

  • Complete 90 or more units.
  • Have an overall UCSD GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Identify a faculty member in whose lab you will work.
  • Work in the lab 6-11 hours per week (2 units) or 12-15 hours per week (4 units).
  • Submit a Chemistry 199 online application.*
*If you do not meet the above requirements, or if your special studies course will put you above the maximum 22 units per quarter, you must petition to enroll by submitting a paper special studies form. Please bring your completed form to York Hall 4010.

As part of your online application, you will need to complete the requisite online safety training and safety requirement form.

Online Safety Training

To access this training, please login to uclearning.ucsd.edu with your Student Sign On. Once you have signed in, search for the following course titles in the upper-left search box.

a. “UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals”

b. “Annual Laboratory Hazards Training”

Safety Requirement Form

You will need to print out the Safety Requirement Form and obtain the required signatures listed on the form. 

Once you have completed all the safety requirements, you will need to upload ALL 3 documents (1. UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals Certificate 2. Annual Laboratory Hazards Training Certificate 3. Safety Requirement Form) with your Online Special Studies Application.

CHEM 99 - Freshman Undergraduate Research

To qualify for Chemistry 99:
  • Complete between 30-90 units.
  • Have an overall UCSD GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Identify a faculty member in whose lab you will work.
  • Work in the lab 6-11 hours per week (2 units) or 12-15 hours per week (4 units).
  • Submit a Chemistry 99 online application.*
**If you do not meet the above requirements, or if your special studies course will put you above the maximum 22 units per quarter, you must petition to enroll by submitting a paper special studies form. Please bring your completed form to York Hall 4010. 

As part of your online application, you will need to complete the requisite online safety training and safety requirement form.

Online Safety Training

To access this training, please login to uclearning.ucsd.edu with your Student Sign On. Once you have signed in, search for the following course titles in the upper-left search box.

a. “UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals”

b. “Annual Laboratory Hazards Training”

Safety Requirement Form

You will need to print out the Safety Requirement Form and obtain the required signatures listed on the form. 

Once you have completed all the safety requirements, you will need to upload ALL 3 documents (1. UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals Certificate 2. Annual Laboratory Hazards Training Certificate 3. Safety Requirement Form) with your Online Special Studies Application.

CHEM 196 and CHEM 197 - Students can receive academic credit for internships with public/private sector employers, subject to department approval. Students would work at a local company under the supervision of both a faculty member and site supervisor. CHEM 196 is especially intended for students interested in teaching and education in the sciences.  To enroll, students must submit a completed Special Studies form to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Affairs Office. Contact chemadvising@ucsd.edu for more information.

Academic Research Opportunities

Industry Research Opportunities

 

For more information on Research Opportunities, contact our Undergraduate Coordinators at chemadvising@ucsd.edu.

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