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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
  • 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.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Special Studies applications (CHEM 99, 197, 199) require you to fill out a complete application in order to be processed timely. We recommend getting started on your application AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the deadline.

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

For participation in: Deadline

Special Summer Session 2022

(6/27/2022-9/3/2022)

 Friday, July 1, 2022 

Fall 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022

Winter 2023

Friday, January 13, 2022 

Spring 2023

Friday, April 7, 2022 

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.
  • 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.
  • Identify an internship program in which to participate. Your internship may be paid or unpaid.
  • Submit a Special Studies application through the EASy system 

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

Safety requirement form must be recently signed within the last 3 weeks from when you submit your application. It cannot be re-used from a previous quarter in which you have applied for CHEM 99 or 199. 

EH&S signature is not required for applications submitted FA20 or later. 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.

How to Apply - CHEM 197

STEP 1
Secure a research position off campus. For example, many students obtain research opportunities at Scripps Research Institute. 
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STEP 2
Locate a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and ask if they will serve as your on-campus "supervisor".

Your off-campus supervisor does not have the ability to assign grades for you, so you will need to find a UCSD chemistry/biochemistry faculty who will be assigning your grade ("P" or "NP") in CHEM 197. They will need to be in contact with your off campus supervisor. See list of faculty here: https://chemistry.ucsd.edu/faculty/index.shtml

STEP 3
Submit a CHEM 197 application via EASy by Friday of Week 1 of the quarter in which you will be conducting research. 

In your application, you will be asked to select an "instructor". This is the on-campus UCSD Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty who has agreed to serve as your supervisor, and again, who will ultimately assign your grade in CHEM 197.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Make sure that you inform your off-campus supervisor that you are applying for CHEM 197 units. Your off-campus supervisor will need to contact your on-campus supervisor to discuss and confirm your research project requirements and goals for the quarter.
  • You are not required to submit UCSD safety forms along with your application. You are still responsible for ensuring you complete any and all safety requirements outlined by your off-campus supervisor (if applicable), but such documentation does not need to be attached to your application.