Research and Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Research in our department spans the traditional OrganicInorganicMaterialsPhysicalTheoretical and Computational chemistry, and Biochemistry areas.

At the same time, our strength is the interdisciplinary and modern approach to chemical research. Our interdisciplinary research areas in Molecular Design & SynthesisBiomedical SciencesBiology-Inspired Chemistry and PhysicsEnergy, Catalysis & Green ChemistryDevices, Assembly & Nanochemistry; and Structural Chemistry, Spectroscopy & Advanced Analysis, provide a glimpse at this tradition. The areas and their boundaries are overlapping by nature. Various UCSB Organizations and Institutes provide support and a forum for collaborations. For a full list of our department research areas, please click here.

Chem 99/199

These courses: Chem 99 - Introduction to Research, and Chem 199 - Independent Studies, provide undergraduate students with an excellent opportunity to work as part of a research group alongside a faculty member while receiving units for their work.

Chem 99, intended for students who have not yet reached upper division standing (Unit standing less than 84)

Chem 199, intended for students who have reached upper division standing and have taken 2+ upper division Chemistry courses.

To enroll, students must fill out a petition, and follow the instructions provided. This includes obtaining the signature of the instructor they intend to work under. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for both courses, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the student's past three quarters at UCSB (excluding freshmen who have not yet completed a full 3 quarters). Students can receive up to 5 units per quarter, and a maximum of 30 units in Chem 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.


Volunteer Opportunities

Fifth Grade Chemistry Outreach Program

This program is a partnership between local elementary students and teachers and UCSB students and faculty. To improve educational opportunities for K-12 students, we have developed a program that brings fifth grade students to the chemistry lab at UCSB every Thursday morning to participate in hands-on standards-based physical science activities. UCSB students are given the opportunity to share their love of science with elementary students and to consider a career path as a science educator. 


Academic Opportunities

Chemistry Learning Assistant Program (Chem 183)

LAs work directly with peers in the general chemistry laboratory in a role similar to that of a Teaching Assistant (TA).


This outreach program focuses on allowing 2nd-5th grade students to experience science first hand by designing, carrying out, and presenting scientific experiments. SciTrek allows UCSB undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to volunteer within the program. 


Internship Opportunities

Materials Research Laboratory

Career Services

Calteach Physicial Sciences and Engineering (CPTSE) 



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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510