Chemistry News Feed

  • Prestigious awards program honors junior faculty who excel in research and education.Clockwise from top left: Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ragib Hasan, Karolina Mukhtar and Thamar Solorio.An unprecedented four University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences faculty have been awarded CAREER Awards by the National Science Foundation. The recipients are...

  • The winter meeting of the Songs for Sight Youth Low Vision Support Group will be 2:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at McWane Science Center, 200 19th St. North.The winter meeting of the Songs for Sight Youth Low Vision Support Group will be 2:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at McWane Science...

  • An interdisciplinary collaboration at UAB recently established a research method that has expanded the institution’s capacity to expand initiatives addressing diseases including cancer, autoimmune diseases and degenerative diseases.From left: Steve Barnes, Steve Watts, Miranda Collier, Janusz Kabarowski and David Graves with the Bruker Autoflex Speed MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometerAn interdisciplinary collaboration...

  • UAB marks the grand opening of Alabama’s largest nuclear magnetic resonance facility.The University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled the state’s largest and most advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility this morning at a grand-opening event and tour. The laboratory is another world-class example of the interdisciplinary emphasis that is a...

  • The Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the UAB National Alumni Society, awards two outstanding students $2,500 scholarships.Zachary Hughes of White House, Tenn., and Deidra Atkinson of Bay Minette, Ala., were named Mr. and Ms. UAB 2013 at the University of Alabama at BirminghamHomecoming game Saturday, Nov. 2,...

Why Do Undergraduate Research?

Chemistry is an experimental science. The laws and theories that you learn in the various chemistry courses are based upon research. To truly understand chemistry, it is necessary that you appreciate how research is carried out.

Many chemistry majors go on to careers that involve or are based on research. Participation in research allows you to decide whether you enjoy research and thus to make a more informed career choice. Strong, professional relationships with research mentors provide you with important insights into career choices, and enable faculty members to write stronger recommendation letters for graduate and professional schools.

Research may also qualify you for certain scholarship and award competitions, consideration for publication of research results in scientific journals, and presentation of research results at scientific meetings. Any or all of these are impressive on applications for graduate/professional schools or employment.