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Undergraduate Program Resources

As a student in the Department of Chemistry, you can connect with faculty, review safety policies and access other important resources and forms.

Undergraduate Assistantships

Laboratory assistantships are available for high-performing sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in chemistry. As a laboratory assistant, you will help with grading and supervision of laboratory classes. You should be familiar with the techniques and calculations used in common experiments. Stipends for laboratory assistantships vary depending on the course, but are typically between $700 and $850 per semester.

Advising and Mentoring

The Department of Chemistry’s mentoring program connects faculty and students as part of  SLU’s Integrated Advising and Mentoring System. Faculty members guide students in the major so you can stay on track to graduate, discuss research opportunities, pursue internships and explore other career-related opportunities. Faculty will discuss the major requirements, present the curriculum plans, answer questions and meet their mentees. Faculty will also provide updates to curriculum plans and discuss opportunities for undergraduate research.  Students are also required to meet with your faculty mentor and outline your curriculum plan. Transfer students will receive one-on-one mentoring in order to assist with their integration into the chemistry degree program.

  • B.S. in Chemical Biology & Pharmacology degree roadmap
  • B.S. in Chemical Biology & Pharmacology degree catalog
  • Accelerated Bachelor's Master's (ABM) program

Undergraduate Awards

Chemical biology majors are eligible for undergraduate awards in the Department of Chemistry.

Undergraduate Research

Research is a vital component of our chemical biology program at Saint Louis University.  Research is carried out under the close supervision of a faculty mentor and has the following goals:

  • The formation of your knowledge of chemistry and chemical biology
  • The development of your confidence
  • The development of your ability to think independently
  • Successful creation of new knowledge
  • Your presentation of research at a conference
  • Publication of your research in a scientific journal

Research as an undergraduate is a required component for the B.S. in Chemical Biology & Pharmacology.

  • Typically, you will begin your research during your junior year, although especially interested students may begin as early as their freshman year.
  • Each semester an email is sent to students offering the opportunity to start to explore research opportunities and match students to faculty research mentors. Most students start this process during their sophomore year.
  • Participating faculty in this program can be found here.
  • For more information, please contact the Director of the Chemical Biology program at chemicalbiology@slu.edu.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the chemistry department's development fund provides monetary support for undergraduates to attend professional meetings and present their research results. Undergraduate students have presented projects at regional and national meetings, including those of the American Chemical Society.

Chemical Safety Resources

The Department of Chemistry Safety Committee is made up of faculty, graduate students and representatives from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. This committee serves as a resource to all members of the chemistry department. The committee can assist students and faculty with safety related issues including laboratory safety protocols, personal protective equipment, student training and informal laboratory inspections. For questions, information about joining the committee, or contact information please contact the chemistry main office at 314-977-2850.

Note:  If you are conducting research in another department, there may be department-specific safety policies that you need to be aware of.  Please consult with your research mentor for details.