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Research for Academic Credit

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers courses in which you can earn academic credit for conducting independent research with a faculty or industry mentor. Participating in undergraduate research provides you with hands-on experience in the laboratory under the guidance of our outstanding faculty. This experience gives you skills and knowledge that will help prepare you for graduate study or work in industry.

  • An application is required for each quarter of intended participation
  • Application deadlines are strictly enforced
  • To apply for academic credit, your research position must be unpaid
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee approval
  • Consult with your college and major adviser about the possibility of counting units toward your undergraduate degree or toward honors in your major

Spring 2020: COVID-19 Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Important Information

Please communicate with your PI to understand if you will be able to conduct research remotely in Spring Quarter 2020. If you and your PI have a plan for how you could work remotely, we will consider approving Chem 199 applications for Spring Quarter 2020. Please indicate these details for the remote research plan in the EASy application.

Submission Deadlines

Submission deadline is Friday of Week 1 of each quarter.

We recommend getting started on your application AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the deadline.

Please note: submitting your application several weeks early will not result in a faster processing time.

For participation in: Deadline

Special Summer Session 2019
(7/1/19-9/7/19)

Friday, July 5, 2019 @ 4pm

Fall 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 4pm

Winter 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 4pm

Spring 2020

Friday, April 3, 2020 @ 4pm

Eligibility

CHEM 99

Independent literature or laboratory research under the direction of a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty. 

  • Minimum of 30 units completed (including units transferred to UCSD, e.g. AP units) and no more than 90 units completed prior to the quarter of participation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative UC GPA prior to quarter of participation
  • Work in lab 6-11 hours (2 units) or 12-15 hours (4 units) per week
  • To enroll, see How to Apply below and follow steps to submit your CHEM 99 application through the EASy System.

IMPORTANT: If your Special Studies application has not been added to your schedule by Monday of Week 5, please contact a Chemistry Academic Advisor right away.

CHEM 199

Independent literature or laboratory research under the direction of a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty. 

  • Minimum of 90 units completed (including units transferred to UCSD, e.g. AP units) prior to the quarter of participation
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative UC GPA prior to quarter of participation
  • Work in lab 6-11 hours (2 units) or 12-15 hours (4 units) per week
  • To enroll, see How to Apply below and follow steps to submit your CHEM 199 application through the EASy System.

CHEM 196

Intended for students interested in teaching and education in the sciences.Independent literature or classroom research under the direction of a member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty.  

  • Minimum of 90 units completed (including units transferred to UCSD, e.g. AP units) prior to the quarter of participation.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative UC GPA prior to quarter of participation.
  • Commit to 
  • Submit a completed Special Studies application through the online petition tool (NOT through EASy).

CHEM 197

An internship program that provides work experience with public/private sector employers. Subject to the availability of positions, students will work in a local company under the supervision of a faculty member and site supervisor

  • Minimum of 90 units completed (including units transferred to UCSD, e.g. AP units) prior to the quarter of participation.
  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative UC GPA prior to quarter of participation.
  • Indentify an unpaid* internship program to participate in
  • Submit a Special Studies application through the EASy system 

*If you have found a paid internship position, you will not be able to enroll in CHEM 197. You may have the option of applying for AIP 197, which allows students to earn academic credit for a paid position. 

How to Apply - Chem 99 or 199

STEP 1

Identify an eligible*, active UCSD faculty member and obtain their approval to participate in their lab.

(*Eligible faculty are those listed in the main alphabetical directory (Chemistry & Biochemistry and Affiliate Faculty) on our website, as well as Emeritus faculty.)

STEP 2

Complete 2 online safety trainings

  1. “UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals” Training certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of completion
  2. “Annual Laboratory Hazards Training” Training certificate is valid for 1 year from the date of completion

To access this training, please login to uclearning.ucsd.edu with your Student Sign On. Once you have signed in, search for the course titles in the upper-left search box.

STEP 3

Complete the Safety Requirement Form

  1. Student signature
  2. Faculty member (PI) signature
  3. EH&S representative signature (first time applicants only)

STEP 4

Upload 3 files to the Special Studies online application (through EASy) to complete your application

  1. “UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals” Training Certificate
  2. “Annual Laboratory Hazards Training” Training Certificate
  3. Safety Requirement Form

STEP 5

Wait for application decision

  • You will be notified when your application decision is finalized
  • Application requires several levels of approval and may be returned to the student for revisions as needed
  • Application may take up to 2 weeks to process. Most applications will be finalized between week 2 and week 4 of the quarter.
  • If approved, your petition will be routed to the Registrar who will add you to the course

IMPORTANT: If CHEM 99/199 has not been added to your schedule by Monday of Week 5 (Fall, Winter, Spring) or Monday of Week 3 (Summer Session), please contact a Chemistry Academic Advisor right away. 

Note: UCSD add deadline is Friday of Week 2. However, Special Studies petitions are exceptions to this deadline. If your application is approved after the add deadline has passed, your petition will still be routed to the registrar and add you to the course.