The Department of Chemistry instituted its first true summer research program in 2010. Previously, individual researchers had financially supported students, but in 2010, a program was designed with group activities designed to better engage students. Faculty members and their students participated in research proposal and presentation sessions and educational field trips, such as visiting a minor league baseball game and touring the state forensic crime lab, the latter of which doubled as a career-building exercise. The aim of the summer research program was to make summer research an activity for which our majors compete to be selected and to foster strong student/faculty relationships. Our goal is to have this program operate each summer with 25-30 students and all research-active faculty. The summer research program is interdisciplinary in that about a quarter of the participants have majors outside of chemistry.
Dr. Kolling describes the goals of the 2011 Chemistry Summer Research Program at the Kick-off Symposium.
Jessica presents research that she will perform in the Frost lab at the Kick-off Symposium.
Students and faculty receiving a tour of the Marathon Petroleum refinery near Ashland, KY.
Scott Day's group posing with their trophy after winning the annual Wii bowling tournament during the ice cream social.
Members of the McCunn, Day, O'Connor, Kolling, and Wang labs attend a WV Power game at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, WV.
The McCunn Lab works to maintain their matrix-isolation FTIR instrument.
At the Final Research Symposium of the Summer Research Program, Ben presents research that he performed in the Kolling lab.
Members of the Kolling lab enjoying food and talking about science at the Final Research Symposium of the Summer Research Program.