The chemistry and biochemistry department offers various opportunities for students to directly apply lessons and skills developed within their classrooms into a 'hands-on' learning experience while gaining valuable work experience. Consider applying for a position if you're looking to take your learning to the next level!

Lab assistants

These paid positions not only provide excellent experience in laboratories, working alongside faculty and students, but also are a great resume builder. Lab Assistants must be familiar with the techniques and calculations used in the experiments and be capable of solving problems immediately in order to help students with their experiments. Lab Assistants have a great opportunity to learn and develop specific laboratory skills that can prove beneficial in various research projects and internships.

Requirements for lab assisting

  • As a lab assistant, you must have taken the course or course equivalent in which you are assisting.
  • You must have earned a grade of "B" or better in the course in which you are assisting.

Application process

The following steps must be completed to apply for a lab assistant position:

  1. Review the listing of currently available student employment positions. A listing of positions can be found here. Be sure to pay attention to the times and locations for each class section to make sure you are available to work during those sections.
  2. Submit a Student Employment Application to the Chemistry Department Office. Check in DH100 to determine current open student employment positions.
  3. Once your application has been approved and a position confirmed, you need to stop at the Payroll Office (Spoelhof Center 370) to fill out all Student Employee Forms.
  4. Complete Online Student Employment Safety Training. Submit all verification of the completion of your online training to DH100; this information will go into your file.
  5. Please reference the Student Employee Manual for time tracking and enter your hours using your e-card.

Research assistants

Faculty members maintain vigorous year-round research programs designed to enhance the undergraduate chemistry experience. Interested students should discuss specific research opportunities with individual department faculty.

Research Assistants work one-on-one with faculty members in their personal laboratories. These are paid positions that provide fantastic opportunities into additional research opportunities both on-campus and off-campus.