Many faculty in the Chemistry department conduct research continually (see pictures of summer research students below). Opportunities to work on research in the areas of mechanistic investigations, materials synthesis, development and optimization of new synthetic methods, environmental monitoring and remediation, as well as developing new methods of chemical education are all projects that welcome the participation of our STEM majors.
Current research projects include:
Victoria Kong (left, sophomore biology major) and Erin Hanson (center, junior chemistry major) worked with professor Rowley to investigate the fundamental chemical mechanisms behind the harvesting of renewable solar energy. Meghan Benda (right, senior chemistry major) worked with professor Pharr on the synthesis of a novel compound that should emit blue light and has potential applications in new technologies including Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs). Click through the slideshow to see more pictures.
“During the summer I worked with Dr. Rowley on the Shark Project. It gave me a good idea of how self-driven lab research differs from lab classes during the school year. The research was eye-opening. I had to learn how to creatively solve problems that I encountered. It was a new experience discovering that there is no ‘right answer’ in research, but a whole range of correct solutions that vary in success. Working with Dr. Rowley during the summer made me realize how much freedom there is in research and how important it is for us to continue working towards educating ourselves on the plethora of information that still remains undiscovered.” Victoria Kong '17
“During the summer I was able to dive head first into the world of chemistry,” said Hanson. “Beyond learning the methods and instruments of research, I was able to see firsthand how research breathes life into the scientific process. Science does not merely live on a page in a textbook, but is instead a creative and interactive process.” Erin Hanson ‘16
Besides the research opportunities available at Carroll, the National Science Foundation supports summer undergraduate researchers at other institutions across the country. A stipend, typically $5,000-5,5000 and housing are frequently covered by the program. Many programs pay for the student research to travel to a national conference and presnt their work. A wide variety of research projects are available, at U.S. institutions both nearby (Montana State University) and far away. A complete listing of host institutions and research foci are available at the NSF-REU website.
Additionally, various other organizations offer summer research internships, both in the country and abroad. Visit the Career Services website at Carroll to get a listing summer undergraduate research opportunities.
Often Carroll students use the research conducted over these summer programs to complete an honors thesis. Carroll College has a strong record of placement in these often highly competitive programs. If you would like to discuss the possibility of summer research through the NSF-REU program contact Dr. Pharr.
If you are interested in conducting research with one of the chemistry professors at Carroll click on the links to your left to see what we are studying. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to set up a meeting to discuss our research and opportunities to join our research group.
In the last ten years, Carroll chemistry majors have participated in REUs at the following locations (as well as many others):
Carroll's Biology and Chemistry Programs offer students excellent internship opportunities with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Shodair Hospital Cytogenetics Laboratory, private environmental consultant firms, and the Montana Heritage Program. In addition to the academic credits earned during the internship, students have an opportunity to apply classroom principles to real problems around Montana.