The overarching philosophy in the sciences at Connecticut College is that teaching and research with undergraduate students is one unified activity.
You'll develop important skills such as critical analysis, experimental design, and teamwork that enable you to make valuable contributions through your research. Many students have earned co-authorship with their faculty mentors on publications in scientific journals.
Learn more about our research facilities.
Most students take advantage of the many opportunities to do original research with faculty mentors during the academic year and the summer. In the chemistry department, summer research students are funded through a variety of sources, including individual faculty grants, the Keck Foundation summer fellowship program, Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer-sponsored research fellowships.
Faculty research has received strong support from numerous funding sources, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Fund, Dreyfus Foundation, and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Here are research areas in which students and faculty collaborate:
- Atmospheric Chemistry Research - Emeritus Professor David Lewis
- Bioluminescence Research - Professor Bruce Branchini (pictured above with the 2011 Bioluminescence Research Group)
- Chemical Reaction Kinetics - Professor Emeritus David Lewis
- Chemically Modified Electrodes - Professor Stanton Ching
- Computational Chemistry and GFP - Professor Marc Zimmer
- Microporous Manganese Oxides - Professor Stanton Ching
- Organic Synthesis - Professor Timo Ovaska
Dr. Bruce Branchini
Hans and Ella McCollum '21 Vahlteich Professor of Chemistry
Phone: (860) 439-2479