Chemical Research for Students
in the Department of Chemistry
at Lycoming College
- Solving problems is the job of a chemist. For that matter, problem
solving is vital
in most careers. Unfortunately, the problems you encounter in your career,
unlike those you encounter in your courses, will not come with an
How, then, do you make the transition from the "safe" problems of
college to the
"real" challenges of the laboratory or office?
- Undergraduate research at a liberal arts college is an ideal place
to start. Nothing
prepares you for solving real problems like solving real problems, and that is
what research is all about - trying to answer real, honest, unanswered questions.
And unlike some other places, the first priority at a liberal arts college is your
training. You can thus expect a supportive environment for those first unsure
steps in applying your knowledge. In the process you have a chance to make a
real contribution to the world around you.
- Many research projects are available at Lycoming College in
organometallic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. All the Chemistry
faculty have projects in which students can involve themselves - or you may have
an idea which a faculty member could supervise. Projects may take one of four
- 1. Internships. These are
jointly sponsored by the College and a public or
private agency and allow you to earn credit while doing research outside of the
- 2. Independent Studies / Chemistry Research Methods.
These are taken as a course, but instead of studying a
text you can do research in the laboratory under the supervision of a faculty
member. Normally a paper is produced and presented orally to the Department
for a grade.
- 3. Honors. If you are an
excellent chemistry student, your senior independent
studies (see 2) may qualify for departmental honors. This requires you to
produce a substantial research paper which is defended orally in front of a
committee of three faculty members.
- 4. Summer Research. Funds are
available at Lycoming to pay students to do
full-time research over summer vacation. Credit may be earned for such work if
- Student research plays a vital role in preparing for your career.
advise you to explore the opportunities for research at any college which you
consider. We believe that the undergraduate research program is one of the
strengths of the Chemistry Department at Lycoming College and hope you will
consider joining us. Finally, remember what the sign on Dr. McDonald's research
lab door here says: "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be
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