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Undergraduate Research

We strive to give all our undergraduate chemistry students the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects, giving them tangible advantages when seeking employment and post-graduate careers. Students who participate in undergraduate research work closely with K-State chemistry professors and internationally known scientists. Many are given opportunities to present their work at meetings and conferences, affording additional opportunities for networking and interacting with other scientists.

Meg Fasulo (center), a Senior in the Department of Chemistry, won first prize for the best presentation by an undergraduate student at the recent 2006 ACA Meeting.  The title of her presentation was "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Balancing Interactions that Drive the Formation of Co-Crystals".

All undergraduates in our B.S. in Chemistry program (which is certified by the American Chemical Society) complete a Senior thesis project for two credit hours; in addition to performing the actual research, students share their results informally at group meetings, and deliver both a written and oral presentation summarizing the work. Many students enrolled in our B.S. in Chemical Science program also participate in research with faculty mentors.