Research, Internships, and Other Scholarly Activities
Research, internships, co-operative learning, and other scholarly activities allow students to use and integrate their chemistry knowledge, develop professional skills, create new scientific knowledge, and learn to appreciate the scientific process. Such experiences foster interactions among students, faculty, and chemical professionals. Faculty also benefit from increased exposure to current discoveries, chemical advances, and trends in chemical industry and research.
Research and long-term projects
In a recent survey, less than one-quarter of respondents reported their two-year college supported original research. However, because research and other long-term projects help students develop both chemistry knowledge and professional skills, it is well-aligned with the missions of most two-year colleges. Here are some resources that may help:
- Case study
See how one institution used the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs to support a research program, among other changes.
- Community Colleges Tackle Research
Read this Chemical & Engineering News article on research at two-year colleges.
- Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative*
Learn about this NSF-funded project to support the integration of research into the science curriculum using case studies.
Look through these grant opportunities for possible sources of research funds.
Learn how partnering with two- and four-year institutions, industry, and government can help fund research.
- Research Careers at Community Colleges?*
Find out how these two-year college faculty launched their own research programs.
- Undergraduate Research at Community Colleges*
Learn how other two-year colleges are approaching research in this publication from the Council on Undergraduate Research.
Share this source of advice and information on research with your students.
Internships, co-ops, and job-shadowing
Internships, co-operative learning, job-shadowing, and other types of professional experiences give students a taste of possible future careers. They also help students develop their professional skills and can provide an edge in future job searches. See below for more information:
- New Bachelor-Level Chemists Face Grim Job Market
Learn how work experience, such as internships, can make the difference in the job market.
- Internships Offer Tickets to Jobs and Lessons in Unpredictability*
See how internships prepare students for the workplace.
- Internships for Undergraduate Chemistry Students
Find internship and co-op opportunities, as well as information on the SCI Scholars Internship Program.
- InternMatch Chemistry*
Check out another service for finding internships.
Learn how partnering with industry and government organizations can open up internships and other professional opportunities.
See how one two-year college developed its own internship opportunities.
*This resource is available outside of ACS and is provided for informational use only. Listing of a product or service on this website does not constitute an endorsement by ACS.