A wide variety of undergraduate research experiences are available to our students.
By working on a faculty-supervised project during the academic year, a student is given the opportunity to gain the skills and experience required for designing and executing their own experiments and to learn how to analyze data and formulate scientifically sound conclusions. Participating in these projects not only serves to meet a requirement for the degree but is also an exciting and rewarding experience.
In general, students select a research adviser after discussing their interests in chemistry with department faculty. Each semester the department hosts an open house, which provides a great opportunity to learn about some of the research being performed in the department. The research posters, most prepared and presented by students at professional meetings, that line the hallways also give students a feel for the types of research projects available.
These research activities are supported by external and/or Towson University research grants. In addition, undergraduate students may submit research grant proposals to the college and university for funding to support their projects.
In addition to research opportunities with Towson faculty over the summer (see above for more details), there are a variety of opportunities available at other universities. The National Science Foundation funds dozens of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) programs across the country each year. These students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S. in order to participate in an NSF-REU program.