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Getting Started

Before Beginning

Before beginning your independent research project, we want you to know the types of research programs available. You can find out about current research of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty by any of the following:

  • Attend the Chem 499 presentations by students from at least 3 different labs or research programs.

  • Set up an appointment or go during office hours to interview at least 3 faculty about their current research.

  • Read through the Faculty research profiles found on the Department's website.

Research Application

After you have explored the different research program options you must submit an online research application listing your top three research program preferences. The Department will process your application and assign you into a research program. Please note that your preferences will be taken into consideration, but circumstances may dictate that you be placed into another research group.

  • Deadline: May 15 (Summer, Fall Semester) or November 1 (Spring Semester)
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available


After you have been assigned to a research program you must complete the Independent Research Course Registration form in consultation with your faculty mentor. You must also obtain the signature of the department chair, Dr. Jose Mendoza (you can leave the form with the Department coordinator if the Chair is not available). After you have received all of the necessary signatures you will need to drop off t form at the registration desk located in Cougar Central.


The end of the semester preceding the start of your research or the week before classes begin are good times to complete the IR Course Registration form. You can submit it at any time before the add deadline, but it is best to complete the form and submit it well before this deadline.