Research Opportunities


Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate majors in Chemistry or Biochemistry are invited to join one of more than twenty active research groups. Undergraduates work side-by-side with and are trained by faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Between 75-100 undergraduates participate in research projects in the department every year.

More than 75 professional research publications have been coauthored by undergraduate researchers in the last 5 years! Many undergraduate researchers present their results at regional, national, and international research conferences.

Undergraduates can earn credit hours towards graduation by pursuing research during the academic year. Funds are available in the form of salaries or scholarships for summer research.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers undergraduate research opportunities in many areas, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Control of Stereochemistry
  • Mechanisms of Chemical Carcinogenesis
  • Combinatorial Synthesis
  • Total Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds
  • Organic reaction mechanisms
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chromatography/Separation Science
  • Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Sensors
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Quantum Mechanical Studies
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education Research
  • Teacher workshops
  • Assessment Instruments for Student learning
  • Student Misconceptions
  • Role of Lab in Learning Chemistry
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Study of antioxidants
  • Protein structure/function studies
  • Metabonomics/Proteomics/Genomics
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Bioinorganic Structure/function
  • Metalloproteins
  • Supramolecular assemblies
  • Bio-inspired model complexes
  • Chemical Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Chemical Measurement
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Nanotechnology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Structural Chemistry

Research During the Summer

Many students participate in research full time during the summer. They are supported by a number of mechanisms, including support from faculty research grants and the Miami Undergraduate Summer Scholars and Hughes programs.