Chemistry Student Research Opportunities
Undergraduates have participated in original research in chemistry at F&M for more than 50 years, and chemistry research at F&M has a long history of excellence. The Chemistry faculty believes research can be one of the most important educational experiences for students, and many of our graduates find it to be one of the most worthwhile experiences of their career.
Faculty Research Descriptions
Summer research is conducted during a 10-week period extending from approximately the last week in May through the first week in August. Although the summer research program in chemistry is often referred to as the Hackman Program because funding provided by Dr. William Hackman '39, an alumnus of the College, and his wife Lucille, has supported summer research for nearly twenty years, the funds for student stipends, chemicals and equipment, come from a variety of sources; e.g., grants from the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund, or Research Corporation obtained by faculty members, industrial support to the department from companies such as Dupont and Merck, and support from foundations such as the Dreyfus Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Beckman Foundation. In addition to the Hackman Scholarships, students have been supported through a variety of sources. Criteria for summer scholarships can be found at the list of Endowed Awards and Scholarships.
The Lucille and William Hackman ScholarshipsThe Lucille and William Hackman Scholarships were endowed by William Hackman '39, a Chemistry alumnus, to increase the opportunities for students to do summer research in chemistry. These opportunities have since been expanded to the entire campus in all academic fields.
Moore/Schaeffer MentorshipsMoore/Schaeffer Mentorships are granted to students of high academic achievement who accept an invitation to conduct research with a faculty member between the end of their senior year in high school and the beginning of their first year at F&M College. These mentorships are supported by gifts from Dr. W. Scott Moore '74 and Dr. Charles D. Schaeffer, Jr. '70 in recognition of the important role of research in undergraduate education.
R. Blake Pepinsky Research ScholarshipsThe R. Blake Pepinsky Research Scholarships are sponsored by Dr. Blake Pepinsky '76 for the yearly support of a student showing exemplary interest in chemistry to do summer research.
Fred A. Snavely Summer Research AwardThe Fred A. Snavely Summer Research Award is granted to a junior chemistry major who has previously participated in undergraduate research in the department during the summer or academic year. The award allows the recipient to pursue research during the summer prior to their senior year. The key criterion for the award is evaluation of a formal student report, submitted to the department by the research director at the first chemistry staff meeting of the spring semester, describing the goals and results of prior research and projecting objectives of the anticipated summer research. All chemistry faculty members will read the student research report, and the final selection of the award recipient will be determined by preferential written ballot.
Fred Suydam Research ScholarshipsEstablished as a tribute to Professor Fred Suydam '46 by his friends and students, income from the fund is awarded annually to a Chemistry student to support their summer research.
Claude H. Yoder Research ScholarshipsThe Yoder research scholarships, endowed by former research students and friends of Dr. Claude H. Yoder '62, are offered to a student who shows considerable promise as a scholar and student of chemistry. The award is used to provide a summer stipend for research and for travel to a meeting to present the results of that research.
Stories from the lab...
My undergraduate research experience was absolutely fantastic…a journey full of challenges and struggles, triumphs and failures, where success is achieved not only from a result, but from not losing enthusiasm along the way."
Art Catino, Ph.D. '00
My research experience has given me an appreciation for the difference between being a chemistry student and being a chemist. The experience has taught me a variety of useful laboratory practices that will prepare me for graduate school and a career in chemistry.
Christopher Bemis '14
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