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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry


ResearchAll Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty engage interested students in cutting-edge research programs.  Working side-by-side with a faculty member in the research lab affords valuable hands-on experience that contributes enormously to our students' growth and success as independent critical thinkers. 

Students may earn upper division credit for research during the semester or during the summer for pay (including a stipend, on-campus housing and a supplies budget). Many student researchers present their results at local, national and international scientific conferences including:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Protein Society
  • International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry

And have published their research in the chemicalliterature including

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society
  • Journal of Organic Chemistry

Faculty-student collaborative research in Chemistry and Biochemistry is supported via grants from various funding agencies:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
  • Research Corporation
  • Merck/AAAS
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
  • San Diego Foundation

Research grants totaling over $600,000 have been awarded to the department since 2003.

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