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 Summer Scholar AwardsThe 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 MentorshipsCreated by W. Scott Moore, M.D. ’74, to attract highly qualified students interested in Chemistry to the Department, and supported by Charles D. Schaeffer, Jr. , Ph.D. ’70. The candidates are selected by Dr. Moore's and Dr. Schaeffer's research mentor, Claude H. Yoder, Ph.D., and receive up to $3,000 for four weeks of 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. It is expected that these students will major in Chemistry and continue doing research throughout their four years here at F&M College.
R. Blake Pepinsky Research AwardThe 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 with demonstrable interest in research to support their summer research. The award recognizes Professor Suydam's dedication to excellence in teaching and research within the department and his 12 year service to the department as Chair.
Claude H. Yoder Research ScholarsThe Yoder research endowed award was established by former research students and friends in recognition of Professor Claude H. Yoder's (’62) continuing dedication and service to students, colleagues, basic research, chemical education, and the College. Income from this fund will be used annually to provide a chemistry student, who has an exemplary academic record, with a summer stipend for chemistry research and support for travel to a professional meeting during the academic year. The recipients, who will be known as Yoder Research Scholars, will be selected by the Chair of the Chemistry Department in consultation with Professor Yoder.
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
For Franklin & Marshall College sophomore Nathan Miller, the research project before him is molybdenum, number 42 on the Periodic Table of Elements. More specifically, conducting experiments to...Read More
In a Franklin & Marshall College lab, senior chemistry major Angus Unruh alternates between a control panel with dials and a computer mouse as fellow researcher, junior Han Le, watches the images he...Read More