Research Mentor Selection

Laboratory research is an important element in the training of a chemistry student and UCA offers the opportunity for students to become involved as coworkers with faculty members on their personal research projects.  This experience or it’s equivalent is required for students graduating with an ACS Certified degree.  These independent study courses are opportunities for students to work on an unexplored chemical problem and gain practical skills valuable to a chemist.  A student’s selection of the research team with which they will work represents a very important decision.  For that reason the UCA Chemistry Department provides a process to allow you to make an informed decision.  The goal of the process is to achieve the best fit between student, project and faculty mentor.  If you are undecided regarding which research group fits you best, you should complete the process below in order to make the most informed decision possible.

Research-active faculty: Drs. Carter, Desrochers, Dooley, Dunlap, Isom, Kelley, Marquis, Perry, Steelman, Tarkka, Taylor, Yang, and Yarberry.

Proceed to the Research Mentor Selection – Part I and complete and submit the form.  You should then print  part II.  Learn as much as you can about the research being conducted in each faculty member’s lab by reading on their web page or perhaps talking to their students; then select a minimum of three faculty members from the list above and meet with them to discuss their research and the possible role that you might play in it.  Each faculty member should sign the form at the end of that discussion.  You should complete the remainder of the form and submit it to the Chemistry office (Laney 205) by the deadline indicated on the form for that semester.  You should then proceed to the Research Registration Form and sign up for the research option that you have selected.

Realize that research groups have a limited number of openings due to the nature of science being studied and that research is a unique learning opportunity. That said, the chemistry faculty will review your application and make every effort to place you in one of your top two research group selections. However, completion of this application does not guarantee you a research appointment.

You will be informed of the outcome of the application  and enrolled in the appropriate course prior to the beginning of the semester.

Process for selecting a mentor for an undergraduate research position:

1) Complete mentor selection part I on-line and submit

2) Print part II 

3) Make appointments and interview at least three research active faculty members – obtain their signatures on top of part II of the form.

4) Complete choices 1 and 2 at the bottom of part II

5) Turn the completed part II of the form in to the chemistry department office (Laney 205)

Process for registering for a research course:

1) Proceed on-line to the Research Registration Form.

2) You will be notified when you have been approved for a research group.