Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?


What is Chemistry Research?

Research in chemistry involves the study of the composition and properties of matter. Chemists at UAlbany have wide-ranging research interests in physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry. Presently, the department is developing its stregths in two sectors of research in colaboration with other departments, institutes, and agencies:

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • RNA Science

How can I do research in Chemistry at UAlbany?

     Research Courses

  • CHM 424 - Retrival and Presentation of Chemical Information
  • CHM 425 - Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
  • CHM 426 - Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
  • CHM 427 - Honors Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (required for the honors program, includes a thesis)
  • CHM 428 - Forensic Chemistry research

Undergraduates may arrange to work in faculty labs for course credit. Permission of the faculty member in charge of the lab is required before enrollment.

While research in faculty labs is beneficial for students intending to pursue graduate academic work, students intending to enter the workforce may want to get practical experience through external companies, labs, and agencies. Students in forensic chemistry may be placed in an internship with the New York State Police through our department.

If you like chemistry, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in:

Biology, Physics, Forensics, Engineering

Department Contact
Dr. Paul Toscano