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Undergraduate Research — Fall / Spring

Undergraduate students at the University of Georgia can gain experience as independent researchers working in the laboratories of Chemistry Department faculty members during the fall and spring semesters.

The Fall/Spring program is not available to students outside of UGA.  However, a special Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity (SURO) program has been created specifically for non-UGA students.

Getting Started in the Research Program

Participation in the program requires that you select and meet with the professor who will be your supervisor, then prepare a simple online application. Please follow these steps:

  • Select an area of study.  Read about the Research Divisions of our Department.
  • Evaluate individual research programs. Read about the work being performed by individual faculty members in the area(s) you selected in the prior step and choose one or more professors to approach.
  • Send an introductory email to the faculty member(s) you have chosen.  Provide some basic information about yourself, explain your interest in the research being performed, and ask any questions that you have.
  • Talk with the faculty member.  The professor will contact you and discuss the possibility of joining his/her research team.  You will probably be invited for an interview, or to take a tour of the lab facilities.
  • Submit the application. Once you have come to agreement with the faculty member, prepare and submit the application by clicking here. (Note: you will be presented with a login screen. Please use your credentials to log in with single sign-on. If you encounter difficulties in this process, please read these instructions on how to access UGA Google forms.) 
 IMPORTANT - Prerequisites and Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites for Undergraduate Research courses include Organic Chemistry or Quantitative Analysis. Please discuss these requirements with your prospective faculty member and make sure you have met them before applying.
  • Undergraduate Research requires several levels of approval.  Submit your application early in the registration process. 
  • Applications that are received after the semester has started may not be approved in time. Do NOT wait until the semester has started to submit your request!

Research Courses and Course Credit

  • CHEM 4960R-4970R-4980R

    Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

    The CHEM 4960R-4970R-4980R course sequence encompasses undergraduate research in chemistry. Students are mentored by faculty in experimental, computational, and/or theoretical chemistry research projects, which may be conducted independently or collaboratively in a research group. The course sequence is intended to be progressive, i.e. CHEM 4960R for the first semester of research with a faculty member, CHEM 4970R for a second semester with the same advisor, etc. Credit hours are variable (1-6), and these courses can be repeated (maximum 16 hours CHEM 4960R, maximum 8 hours each CHEM 4970R and CHEM 4980R).

    There are no formal prerequisites; however, your proposed faculty mentor must agree and you will require department permission to register (via online form).

    Requirements are 4 hours of research per week per credit hour (during Spring and Fall semesters), and a research paper/presentation submitted to the undergraduate coordinator by the last day of classes.

  • CHEM 4990R

    Undergraduate Research Thesis in Chemistry

    Students who complete the CHEM 4960R-4970R-4980R sequence may pursue a capstone undergraduate research thesis, which is a written product that describes in depth their research background, motivation, approach, methods, results, and conclusions. In addition, students formally present their thesis work to faculty and peers. The thesis is completed under the supervision of the same faculty mentor as the research conducted under CHEM 4960R-4970R-4980R.

    CHEM 4990R is variable credit (1-6 hours) and may be repeated for a maximum of 8 hours.


Center for Undergraduate Opportunities (CURO)

Research Opportunities. Interested students should come up with a short research proposal and fill out the application with their advisor.

 Students can also participate in the Center for Undergraduate

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Assistant to the Department Head: Donna Spotts, 706-542-1919 

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Head of Chemistry: Prof. Jason Locklin