Undergraduate Research

Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors may do research for credit under the direction of a faculty member. Students are encouraged to select a research area of their own interest from among those pursued by the professors in the Department of Chemistry or in many other departments at Berkeley. Students contemplating graduate study should include research in their undergraduate program during their junior and senior year or earlier.

Chemical Engineering majors are encouraged to do research for credit under the direction of a faculty member. Students follow their own scientific interests in the selection of research projects. Such research usually involves experimental, theoretical, or computational work within the context of funded research directed by a faculty member in the CBE Department or in other departments on campus. Research fields currently under investigation by chemical engineering students include biomolecular engineering, synthetic biology, energy storage and generation, multiscale modeling of micro- and nano-systems and related technologies, catalysis, polymers and polymer physics, and many others. Students contemplating graduate study should include research in their undergraduate program during their junior and senior year, if not earlier.

How to Get Involved in Research

Students in laboratory

A good place to start is by reading the useful material from a recent Chem 96 offering.

The College offers undergraduate research opportunities both on-campus and with industry partners.

For on-campus research, find out which faculty research groups you are interested in joining:

Make an effort to learn about a faculty member's research. When you contact a faculty member to inquire about whether there is an opening in his/her lab, try to convey the level of your interest in a particular area.

If you plan to earn course credit for research, follow the procedures for enrollment in independent study courses listed below.

An interesting undergraduate student perspective was published in Nature on finding research opportunities. Although this is only one person's perspective, this and the information below will help you start thinking about how you can approach finding research opportunities.

Industry Internships

The College has established a number of formal internship opportunities with industry partners. Find out more about what is available and how to apply for such opportunities.

Research Credit Courses (H194, 196, etc.)

To enroll in research credit, please fill out the Undergraduate Research Form (be sure to include the signature and department of your supervising faculty/PI):

Turn in the completed form to Korshid Tarin in 121 Gillman Hall. After the form is received and approved by the Undergraduate Dean, you will receive enrollment information via email.

Research Links

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