Research Opportunities in Chemistry

Colgate’s chemistry program is distinctive for undergraduates because they have an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research directly with their professors—not graduate assistants.

Curricular Research

All chemistry and biochemistry majors are required to conduct a full academic year of original research during their senior year. They do so in collaboration with one or more faculty members.

Typically, students join an ongoing research project with a faculty member in the department. Faculty research interests are outlined below on this page.

Successful chemistry graduates

Summer Research

Each summer, a number of students remain on campus to conduct research in collaboration with chemistry department faculty members. Projects may originate with the faculty — who may propose topics and seek student collaborators — or with students, who may propose projects to execute under the guidance of a supervising faculty member. The possibilities, therefore, are limitless.

Faculty Specialties

Students who wish to be involved in chemistry research at Colgate should contact one of the faculty members listed below to inquire about opportunities to contribute to their research. Professors may also be willing to advise and mentor a student with an independent research interest.

Specialties Faculty Member
Inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, reaction mechanisms

Anthony Chianese

Organic chemistry, molecular nanotechnology, studies of porphyrinoid synthetic methodology and porphyrinoid properties

Rick Geier

Metabolic activity in photosynthetic bacteria, structure/function relationships in chlorophyll-binding proteins.

Germaine Gogel

Application of density functional theory to projects involving electronic structure, spectroscopy and mechanism

Jason Keith

Organic chemistry, glycobiology, NMR, constructing molecules that mimic aspects of biology for pharmaceutical development

Ernie Nolen

Gas phase electron diffraction, conformational analysis, and barriers to internal rotation, vibrational spectroscopy, molecular structure, and dynamics

Mike Shen

Physical chemistry of aerosol particles, kinetics and dynamics of heterogeneous chemical reactions, mass spectrometry of single aerosol particles, laser control of chemical reactions

Ephraim Woods