Kaitlyn Perez '15

Student Spotlight

"I decided I wanted to pursue chemistry when I was a sophomore in high school. Bucknell offered me the chance to start doing research in my first year, right out of high school, as a Presidential Fellow"

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Amount awarded by the National Science Foundation for four current chemistry research projects.


Spring Seminar Series

Wednesday, April 9: Mark Tapsak, Bloomsburg University

Seminars take place at noon in 102 Rooke Chemistry Bldg.

David Rovnyak

David Rovnyak on the NMR and undergraduate research

Ask the Experts:

Take a look at our Q&A session with David Rovnyak, associate professor of chemistry, as he describes the University's NMR imager and its role in undergraduate research.

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Our formula: small classes, one-to-one learning with faculty members, access to advanced instrumentation and undergraduate research - starting as early as your first year.

You'll find that career opportunities for chemistry majors are wide open, especially in the areas of academia, industry and government. For example, more than 90 chemistry graduates are teaching at universities and colleges, and many alumni work in the pharmaceutical industry. An accelerated four-year B.S./M.S. program and a combined cell biology/biochemistry major boost your options.

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Students can get involved in research with faculty mentors as early as their first year. Each summer, 25-30 students conduct research full-time for 10 weeks, often becoming co-authors on published research papers.

Our faculty are dedicated teachers who maintain rigorous research programs in their labs. Their areas of expertise include organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biophysical, biological, environmental and polymer chemistry.

To prepare students to productively participate in research as early as possible, chemistry students begin with organic chemistry, where they explore diverse chemical reactions after a brief review of general chemistry concepts. The early immersion in organic chemical reactivity sets the stage for deeper explorations of chemistry throughout the chemistry degree.

Majors instruments available to undergraduates include 400 and 600 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, an atomic force microscope, Akta Purifier FPLC systems, two research-grade mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometer, and much more.

Selected students can earn both a B.S. and an M.S. in four years. These students spend three 10-week summer sessions conducting research that forms the basis for their master's thesis. Students in the B.S./M.S. program earn the B.S. degree at the end of their senior year and the M.S. degree by successfully defending their independent thesis at the end of the summer. 

Chemistry and biology collaborate to offer an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree in cell biology and biochemistry. The program leverages the faculty's strengths in molecular and structural biology, and provides a curriculum tailored to best prepare students to pursue careers throughout the life sciences.

Nearly half of all chemistry majors continue on to professional or graduate programs after Bucknell. Others pursue careers such as research chemists, teachers, technologists and physicians - even attorneys, web developers, ministers and more. With their liberal arts foundation, mentoring from faculty and research experience, chemistry majors are well prepared for a broad range of opportunities.

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Eric Tillman

Professor

Eric Tillman

Students can get involved in research pretty quickly. It's not so much the exact area they choose, it's the experience of learning how to carry out scientific research that's going to help them be successful in whatever they do.

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Molly McGuire

Associate Professor

Molly McGuire

Having that opportunity to do that kind of one-on-one teaching where you are actually showing students how to do chemistry – not just learn about chemistry, but how to do chemistry – is really rewarding.

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Research

First Year Research

Students can get involved in research projects as early as their first year at Bucknell. To prepare students to productively participate in research as early as possible, chemistry students begin with organic chemistry where they explore diverse chemical reactions after a brief review of general chemistry concepts.

Research

Undergraduate Research

Our faculty are dedicated teachers who maintain rigorous research programs in their labs. Their areas of expertise include organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, biophysical, biological, environmental and polymer chemistry.

Their research programs involve undergraduate and masters students. 

Research

Summer Research

Each summer, 25 to 30 chemistry students are engaged in research full time for a 10-week period. This provides time for close cooperation with a faculty mentor on the student’s personal project. 

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