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Research for Academic Credit

 

COVID-19 UPDATES FOR WINTER QUARTER 2021:

Please note the following Winter 2021 updates, as they relate to your CHEM 99/197/199 application:

  • Undergraduates are allowed to conduct research remotely in Winter Quarter 2021 (WI21). Once you apply for your Special Studies course, your application will be routed to your faculty PI. Your PI will need to affirm 1. if your research will be conducted remotely or 2. if research is to be conudcted in person, you will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with public health directives.
  • **If your research will be conducted remotely and you will have no contact with hazardous materials, you do not need to complete the UC Learning safety trainings (UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, Annual Laboratory Hazards Training) nor submit the safety requirement form with your application.
  • **If your research will be conducted on campusyou are required to complete the UC Learning safety trainings (UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, Annual Laboratory Hazards Training) and safety requirement form. Details can be found below in the drawer below titled "How to Apply - CHEM 99 or 199".
    • Note: for WI21 only, you do not need to obtain signature from the EH&S office. Your signature and your PI's signature are still required on this form. E-signatures are accepted. 
    • You will need to get virtually fitted for PPE. Instructions/details can be found on the bottom of the PDF found here.
    • The "New Worker" checklists can be completed either virtually or in person with the Area Safety Coordinator in the lab. If completed in person, social distancing must be maintained and masks must be worn. Please speak with your lab's PI and/or Area Safety Coordinator to determine how you will complete this requirement. 

**Applies to CHEM 99 and 199 only. If you are applying for CHEM 197, these two bulletpoints do not apply.

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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

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

Fall 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 4pm

Winter 2021

Friday, January 8 2021 @ 4pm

Spring 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021 @ 4pm

Special Summer Session 2021
(June 14-September 17)

Friday, July 2, 2021 @ 4pm

Eligibility

COVID-19 UPDATES FOR WINTER QUARTER 2021:

Please note the following Winter Quarter 20201 updates, as they relate to your CHEM 99/197/199 application:

  • Undergraduates are allowed to conduct research remotely in Winter Quarter 2021 (WI21). Once you apply for your Special Studies course, your application will be routed to your faculty PI. Your PI will need to affirm 1. if your research will be conducted remotely or 2. if research is to be conudcted in person, you will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with public health directives.
  • **If your research will be conducted remotely and you will have no contact with hazardous materials, you do not need to complete the UC Learning safety trainings (UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, Annual Laboratory Hazards Training) nor submit the safety requirement form with your application.
  • **If your research will be conducted on campusyou are required to complete the UC Learning safety trainings (UC Laboratory Safety Fundamentals, Annual Laboratory Hazards Training) and safety requirement form. Details can be found below in the drawer below titled "How to Apply - CHEM 99 or 199".
    • Note: for WI21 only, you do not need to obtain signature from the EH&S office. Your signature and your PI's signature are still required on this form. E-signatures are accepted. 
    • You will need to get virtually fitted for PPE. Instructions/details can be found here.

**Applies to CHEM 99 and 199 only. If you are applying for CHEM 197, these two bulletpoints do not apply.  

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

IMPORTANT: The below information pertains to research conducted on campus (not remote research). See further details and instructions here.

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

EH&S signature is not required for for FA20 applications. Virtual PPE fitting is still required. Please see details and instructions by clicking the safety requirement form link above.

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.