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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a vibrant and active research community with our undergraduate students regularly participating throughout the academic year and summers in the research programs of the department's twelve full- and part-time faculty members. Some 20 refereed publications have appeared in the last five years (2000-2005), half of these with student co-authors. In addition, some 40-50 poster presentations have been given during this same period at professional meetings including the American Chemical Society, Pittsburg and Gordon Research Conferences, the National Science Teachers Association, and Project Kaleidoscope Workshops.

The college's library has on-line access to the entire collection of the American Chemical Society and most Academic Press and Elsevier journals in addition to some 60 cognate journals for both teaching and research use. Furthermore, the college subscribes to such databases as SciFinder Scholar and Web of Science to assist research efforts by all faculty members.

The department is home to an array of modern-day instrumentation for undergraduate use and has dedicated laboratory space for collaborative faculty-student research. Research programs within the department range from the development and application of novel nano-optical sensors, material culture conservation, issues facing energy and the environment, biogeochemical nitrogen cycling in the Arctic , to the design and development of new antibiotics based on natural product scaffolds. For more information about specific research programs of the faculty, please consult their individual web pages or contact them directly.

Research Opportunities Outside of Colorado College

National Science Foundation - Research Experience For Undergraduates

(NSF-REU): The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose.

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

For the Locations of NSF-REU Sites in Different Disciplines, Click on the Various Links Below:

REU: Astronomical Sciences
REU: Atmospheric Sciences
REU: Biological Sciences
REU: Chemistry
REU: Earth Sciences
REU: Engineering
REU: Materials Research
REU: Ocean Sciences
REU: Physics
REU: Polar Programs