Independent learning experiences lets students take responsibility for their education outside of the classroom and develop initiative and independence by enhancing their confidence in their own abilities.
Research in Chemistry
Our students are encouraged to work with faculty members on original research. Faculty members mentor our students embarking on meaningful research projects.
Opportunities for original research include research for academic credit during a semester, participation in the Summer Fellows Research Program, and as a senior honors thesis project. Honors thesis topics completed by some of our Chemistry majors have included:
- “The Synthesis and Characterization of Various Fe-Pt-Fe Mixed Valence Compounds” by Aaron Peters, advised by Brian Pfennig
- “The Effect of Thrombomodulin on the Complement System” by Grace Soloff, advised by Julia Koeppe
- “Acyclovir Functionalization of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes” by Christopher Goodwin, advised by Mark Ellison and Rebecca Kohn
Summer Fellows Research Program
The Summer Fellows program at Ursinus allows you, as a sophomore or junior, to pursue an independent scholarly project under the close tutelage of a Chemistry faculty mentor, when both you and the professor have more time to devote exclusively to research.
Some examples of our Summer Fellows research projects are:
- “Interaction of the Lectin-like Domain of Thrombomodulin with C3 of the Complement System” by Alex Pandelidis, mentored by Julia Koeppe
- “Creation of Rubrerythrin and Symerythrin Model Proteins” by Rachel Polinski, mentored by Amanda Reig
- “Attachment of Antibiotics to Carbon Nanotubes to Circumvent Resistance Mechanisms” by Frank Sirch, mentored by Mark Ellison
Internships Beyond the Campus
Many Chemistry majors undertake an off-campus internship during either semester of the academic year or the summer months. Our students normally complete internships in their junior or senior year, as two years of chemistry are required before approval is granted. Three credit hours can be obtained for an internship if the student enrolls in CHEM-381 or CHEM-382 Internship. In recent years, our students have obtained internships with the following companies:
- Dekka Battery
- Dow Chemical
- Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Inc.
- Great Lakes Analytical
- RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.
- Rockland Immunochemicals, Inc.
- Rohm and Haas
- Teva Pharmaceuticals
- West Pharmaceutical Services
- Wyeth (now part of Pfizer)
Ursinus College supports study abroad opportunities where you can be immersed in another culture and foster holistic learning in locations throughout the world. Some of our chemistry majors have recently studied abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia, the University of Glasgow in Ireland, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. Students interested in study abroad as their Independent Learning Experience should meet with their academic adviser and a study abroad adviser in the Center for International Programs to discuss your options.