Chemistry and Biochemistry

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry seeks to provide its students with rigorous, invigorating research opportunities that allow the students to learn, make connections, and prepare for their careers.

Department Research Openings

Many Department faculty members have openings in their lab groups for undergraduate students. Students may use the Undergraduate Research Booklet to find current research topics so they can contact faculty whose research interests align with theirs.

Research Internships

The BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry advertises a variety of formal chemistry and biochemistry-related internship opportunities for non-BYU Provo undergraduates (often ones who are interested in BYU graduate school). For more information about the opportunities listed below, visit their linked websites.

  1. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
    • REU offers select undergrads ten weeks of performing research in a state-of-the-art chemistry or biochemistry lab.
    • contact via email:
  2. Talmage Research Internship (TRI) 
    • The TRI offer select undergrads ten weeks of perform high-impact research in a BYU laboratory of choice. The TRI is intended to provide students a pathway to BYU graduate research.

Other Opportunities

Some research opportunities are offered by the college or the university, or simply don't fit into the above categories.

  1. CHEM 497R
    • The BYU Chemistry Department offers CHEM 497R as a class for undergraduate students who are approaching completion of their degree. Enrolled students perform research with the guidance of a faculty member. 
    • contact your counselor or the current class instructor for more information.
  2. College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS) Mentored Learning
    • The college offers paid opportunities for students to work with faculty members outside of the classroom.
    • contact via email:
  3. Simmons Center for Cancer Research (SCCR)
    • The SCCR has a history of taking on interested undergrads as research assistants. While no specific applications or openings currently exist for undergraduate researchers, interested students may contact faculty involved in the SCCR or the SCCR itself for researching openings.
    • contact via email:
  4. Undergraduate Research Awards
    • The Department offers awards to select students to pursue specific research projects.


Below are listed several important resources for undergraduate students engaging in research.

  1. Undergraduate Research Booklet
    • The Undergraduate Research Booklet offers insight and updates on BYU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry research projects.

Last updated 21 June 2022