Chemistry is the key that unlocks the secrets of the world. Literally. And beautifully.
Have you ever looked at running water, plants growing, or the stars in the sky, and found yourself asking “how does it all work?”
You are not alone, and totally welcome here.
Chemistry is the foundation. The base. It’s how the elements of the universe interact. From the science of clean energy, to why chocolate tastes so darn good, through chemistry, you’ll cross boundaries, create opportunities, and come to understand the mechanics behind our living, breathing, world.
During final year, you’ll complete a senior project—you’ll carry out independent, original research working alongside a faculty member in their laboratory. The Junior Seminar helps prepare you for creative inquiry and the preparation and writing of your senior project proposal.
Upon completion of the work, you’ll submit the results in the form of a thesis, as well as publicly report the findings in the ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium. In many cases, the results go on to be published in scientific journals with the student and the faculty mentor as co-authors.
It’s a life-changing experience for many.
You’ll have excellent opportunities for internships as well as summer employment in local industrial/government laboratories. Purchase is within easy commuting distance from a number of major research laboratories both in New York and Connecticut; for example, Novartis, Wyeth-Ayerst, American Health Foundation, Purdue Frederick, American Diagnostica, IBM Watson Research, Krafts Foods, and Cytech.
Internships can be arranged in conjunction with a faculty member in an area of scientific or career interest.
Meet Our Alumni
Biology major and Chemistry minor Sonia Seth is one of two who earned the honors.
The biology major interned this summer at the Columbia Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics.
Professor of Chemistry Stephen Cooke receives a $107,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Energy for uranium and thorium research.
The associate professor of chemistry is part of a research team that received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.