Our students do research in the academic year at CSB/SJU and during the summer, both at CSB/SJU and at other sites, with the mentorship of CSB/SJU Chemistry faculty. They often present their research at regional and national meetings.
Many of our students do summer research either at CSB/SJU or elsewhere. The goal of most summer research/internships programs is to train new chemists and recruit them to graduate school. Typical summer research/internship jobs are 10-12 weeks long. Salaries vary from unpaid - $7,000. Many provide travel and housing also. Why do summer research? Check out the following site:
Summer Research at CSB/SJU
Each summer the CSB/SJU Chemistry Department hires students to do research and work in the stockroom.
Summer Research in China
Select CSB/SJU biochemistry and chemistry students will do 10 weeks of research at Southwest University, located in the Beibei district of China’s western municipal-province of Chongqing. Students will be mentored by an SWU faculty advisor and work with a designated SWU student. Before starting their research program, CSB/SJU research students will participate along with other international students in a 2-week orientation and regional travel program. In Summer 2013, students will have the opportunity to work on projects involving the isolation and characterization of phages for mycobacteria/cynobacteria/acenitobacteria or on synthesis and application of novel amino acid derivatives as catalysts for asymmetric reactions.
Many of our students have done summer research at sites other than CSB/SJU.
How to Apply for Summer Research Programs
A key to being accepted is to write a quality personal statement, which will help institutions assess your motivation. A personal statement is an essay that conveys to potential employers. It should include:
- Your experience and coursework
- Your career goals
- Why their program is a good fit for you (and them)