An experience like no other
At SFA, you’ll learn both inside and outside the classroom. It’s important to our world-class faculty that you do more than just listen to lectures. We believe that you learn best through experience. We throw open the doors of our labs, and we help you find excellent summer internships and post-graduate opportunities.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the only department at SFA that lists research as a required element for its bachelor's degrees. Most students begin research in the sophomore year, participate in research for several semesters and present their work as their capstone experience in the annual research symposium hosted by the department.
The Robert A. Welch Foundation provides a grant to the SFA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which provides scholarships for undergraduate research.
Summer research opportunities
Summer Research Experience provides select SFA students the opportunity to focus exclusively on research during the summer. Students work with a faculty mentor for 30 hours per week, participate in group meetings to discuss research and give a formal presentation to the department at the end of the SRE. Past Lumberjack SRE students have indicated the experience was transformational for building real-world scientific skills.
Research Enrichment for Undergraduates is a program funded by the National Science Foundation to provide undergraduate chemistry majors research opportunities at major research institutions.
Annual research symposium
Our professors believe research participation and scientific communication are crucial components in a chemistry education. Our students conduct years of research, culminating in a grand finale: presenting in our own research symposium. All seniors present their research, and the top presenters receive commendations and scholarships at a special awards banquet.