UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
Seminar & Research: CHEM 3031/32, 4031/32 and 2999
(fall) and CHEM 3032
(spring) - Required for all Junior
(fall) and CHEM 4032
(spring) - Required for all Senior
During the academic year, Junior
chemistry majors are required to work with a faculty mentor on one of their ongoing research projects, and they must attend all departmental seminars
(Wednesdays, 3:30-5 PM) during which speakers from other institutions present 40-50 minute talks about their scholarly work or personal careers. Although faculty-mentored research and attendance at seminars is not required for Sophomore
chemistry majors it is recommended.
A continually updated list of seminars
for the academic year is posted on the department website. Hard copies of the schedule are also displayed on bulletin boards located on the 1st and 6th floors of JMH.
You are required to join the research group of a chemistry dept. faculty member by no later than Mon., 9/30/13
. At 3:30 PM on Wed., 9/11 and 9/18 several dept. faculty members will make short presentations in JMH 112 on their research. A list of chemistry dept. faculty members
with links to their personal webpages is posted on the dept. website.
Proceed to find a research mentor as indicated below.
- make appointments to speak with faculty members about their research; some professors have full research groups so first ask if they are taking on new students before making an appointment - Juniors are encouraged to begin speaking with faculty members before the research talks on 9/11 and 9/18
- as soon as you have joined a research group, and no later than Mon., 9/30, send an email to the dept. secretary (email@example.com) with a cc to Prof. Saba (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND your research mentor stating the following info:
email subject line: CHEM 3031 RESEARCH MENTOR
text in body of email: 1. YOUR NAME
2. YOUR FIDN
3. THE NAME OF YOUR RESEARCH MENTOR
- once we have received emails from all Juniors we will enroll you in the appropriate section of CHEM 3031 (all sections of CHEM 3031 are currently closed for registration to prevent registration without permission from the faculty mentor)
- if you are a Junior who is already part of a faculty member's research group you can immediately email the dept. secretary (with a cc to Prof. Saba AND your research mentor) with the information requested above
You will continue in your current research group and can register yourself directly for the section of CHEM 4031
that lists your mentor as instructor.
While participation in faculty-directed research by Sophomores
required, it is permitted and encouraged. Please be aware that Juniors
will be given priority for admittance to faculty research groups.
If you are a Sophomore
who has made arrangements to be mentored in research by a chemistry dept. faculty member please have YOUR RESEARCH MENTOR
inform Prof. Saba so that you can be enrolled in the appropriate section of CHEM 2999 (SOPHOMORE SEMINAR & RESEARCH
). All sections of CHEM 2999
are currently closed for registration to prevent registration without permission from the faculty mentor.
Resources for undergraduate research at Fordham: Funding Available for Research & ways to present Your Results
Resources available to undergraduates conducting research at Fordham are described on Fordham's Undergraduate Research website:
Three types of grants to support research and research-related travel are available
Two ways to disseminate your research results are available
- Undergraduate Research Grants: to support research during the academic year (deadlines of 10/4/13 and 2/7/14)
- Summer Research Grant: to support research during the summer (deadline of 4/6/14)
- Travel Grants: to support students who present their research at a professional conference (applications accepted on a rolling basis)
If you've not already done so, please take the time to visit Fordham's Undergraduate Research website for full details. Consult with your research mentor for further advice and information.
- The Undergraduate Research Symposium: undergraduates from all majors/programs present their original work through poster & oral presentations each spring semester
- The Fordham Undergraduate Research Journal (FURJ; http://www.furjonline.org/): a student-run journal that publishes peer-reviewed, original research conducted by undergraduates in all disciplines