All faculty in the Bates Chemistry department have active research programs, and three of our faulty support their research through externally funded federal grants. In addition, all of our faculty involve students in research.

Bates has a very active summer research program, with 15-20 students participating in lab research every summer. Students also take part in research through independent study and most importantly, through our senior thesis requirement. Students regularly co-author papers with faculty and present their work at national and regional meetings.

For more information on specific research in our department, please see our faculty profiles.

Research Opportunities

  • NSF REU Sites: A link to a searchable database for Summer Research Programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
  • Independent Study: Students may participate in a departmentally-approved summer research experience supervised by the department of chemistry and biochemistry.
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab Research Application: Current students can use this link to apply for lab research work with specific faculty and their labs.

Resources for Summer Research

Bates Resources

Support for students conducting research in all disciplines, on campus or off campus, with a Bates advisor or an advisor from another research site:

Summer Research Fellowships

Bates Summer Research Opportunities

Support for off-campus research:

Purposeful Work Summer Internship

External Summer Research Opportunities

Database of Summer Research Programs

Pathways to Science

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)  Note that these are only available to U.S. citizens.

Biological Sciences


Summer Opportunities for Non-U.S. Citizens

Student Publications