Undergraduate Research is at the
Core of the Monmouth College Chemistry and Biochemistry Education
1. instills a level of “scientific” confidence and
independence in students.
2. enables students to apply and broaden their knowledge
learned in the classroom.
3. is an invaluable way for students to strengthen their
scientific communication skills.
4. exposes students to open-ended questions.
are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research as early as the Fall
semester of their sophomore year. Students are required before their senior
year to register for 3 credits of research. They are also encouraged to spend at
least one summer during their college career in an REU (Research
Experience for Undergraduates) program at a research university
or at Monmouth College. The best way
to demonstrate the value of undergraduate research to students at Monmouth
College is to hear from Monmouth College students themselves.
Testimonials on Undergraduate Research
“With taking research at Monmouth, I have gained confidence in the lab. I feel
that I use the information I have gained in the classroom in the actual lab. My
REU research advisor has commented on how much Monmouth has prepared me with my
instrumental knowledge for life post Monmouth.”
“Monmouth College provides many opportunities for undergraduate research. I
have had the privilege to work on several projects with different professors
here at Monmouth. Research is extremely different than the classroom style
setting, and it has allowed me to experience another realm of science. Working
in the research lab has allowed me to open my mind to problems and ideas that
extend beyond a textbook, and research has provided me with knowledge I would
not have gained through studies and classes. Undergraduate research is an
amazing experience which has also allowed me to ground a firm decision of my
“As an undergraduate at Monmouth College,
undergraduate research is one of the most important things you can do. It is
great to have the opportunity to closely work with a professor and develop a
good understanding how research flows. There are many aspects of research people
don't see until they experience it first hand. Monmouth College undergraduate
research lets you experience that. It has greatly influenced me in deciding to
further my education and apply to graduate school."
Faculty with Research Programs
Dr.Bradley Sturgeon - Biophysical Chemistry
Dr. Laura Moore - Biochemistry/Biophysics
Dr. Audra Goach Sostarecz
- Bioanalytical Chemistry/ Biophysics
Dr. Michael Prinsell - Organic