Summer 2012 Research Students & Faculty

Summer 2012 Research Students & Faculty

Learn Outside the Classroom

Collaborative Research with Faculty

As early as freshman year, chemistry majors are encouraged to become involved in research projects, closely supervised by faculty in the department.  Stipends are available to fund students’ work on a broad range of research projects during the summer and academic year. If you would like to conduct research with one of our faculty members, click here for important information and deadlines.

The results of these projects are often presented by students at the American Chemical Society national meetings and other major conferences.  In addition, students are often co-authors (with faculty) of research publications in major international science journals. 

Examples of some of the projects that faculty and students are currently pursuing include:

  • Studies of short-lived, metal-containing radicals using laser spectroscopy.
  • Development of new catalysts to convert carbon dioxide to methane
  • Synthesis of novel organic compounds that could lead to new anti-parasitic drugs 
  • Synthesis of compounds to investigate the mechanisms of neurotransmitters
  • Measurement of pollutants in ground water
  • Development of new photo catalysts

  • Investigations of the structure of RNA and development of RNA probes

Additional research opportunities at large research institutions and pharmaceutical companies are available. Click here for information and deadlines.

Canisius College Student Chemistry/Biochemistry Club

The Canisius College Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (SCACS) is the award winning chemistry/biochemistry club.  This organization helps students explore potential careers in chemistry, brings students and faculty together through numerous fun activities, and demonstrates the excitement of chemistry to elementary and middle school students.  Membership is open to all Canisius students and new members are always welcome.  Club activities include the welcome back ice cream social, SCACS vs. bbb (biology honor society) football game, community service, invited speakers, National Chemistry Week, Lasertron, rock climbing, Christmas party, Chem4Kids program, tours of Honeywell and Hauptmann-Woodward Institute, National Science Bowl for Middle School Students, Science Olympiad, the end-of-year banquet and many others.

Freshman Science Floor

For our first year Science majors, we offer the Freshman Science Floor in Frisch Hall.  Science students will live with others who are also trying to meet the demands of a science major:

  • Completing science labs
  • Extensive amounts of studying
  • Attending additional seminars

Resident Assistants on the floor are upper-class science majors themselves, so it is helpful to have a live-in mentor who has made it through.  Programs are offered that explore the particular interests of science majors.