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Qualified students can begin a research project with a professor as early as they wish, even in the freshman year. Please note that you must have a faculty advisor for any undergraduate research.

The faculty in your courses and your class advisors (C. Van Dyke, K. Stump, S. Staley, G. Patterson, D. Yaron) can help you to identify faculty members whose work fits with your interests.

Browsing the Brief Faculty Profiles and reading related research group web sites is another useful way to become acquainted with the different ongoing projects in the department.

Students who would like to propose their own original projects may apply for special grants (SURG awards) from the University's Undergraduate Research Initiative to help support their research efforts.

Many opportunities exist for summer research experience either in the Chemistry Department at Carnegie Mellon or at other universities through REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Also visit the Chemistry Internet Resource for Research by Undergraduate Students (CIRRUS) website for summer research opportunities.

Students who would like to propose their own original projects may apply for special grants (SURG awards) to help support their research efforts. Additional information about financial support and general information to assist student in undergraduate research is available through the University's Undergraduate Research Initiative. Many students in Chemistry have received SURG awards.

Two highly competetive research opportunities that are open to chemistry majors are given in the biological sciences section: The Merck Computational Biology and Chemistry Program and Beckman Scholars Research.

The MCS internship datatbase has internships available to chemistry students.
The MCS website has additional undergraduate research links.

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