Research and Discovery
Finding Direction to Chemistry Research
Even first-year students may get the chance to do research during the academic year or over the summer. Many students pursue summer research on campus, at other colleges and in government labs.
At Hamilton, you and your peers won’t just study chemistry – you’ll help break new ground as members of a scientific community. Your studies will provide you with a strong background for a wide range of health-related professions or for graduate work in many specialized science fields. Half the College's chemistry alumni go on to do graduate study.
As a chemistry major at Hamilton, I have always been offered a degree of freedom to seek what I am interested in and learn more about it. I have had a very positive experience in chemistry because I never felt like I was limited to one research or topic; rather there were always countless resources to enhance my understanding of chemistry and apply them to my interests.
Aida Shadrav — chemistry and Hispanic studies major
Small classes and labs foster mentoring relationships and one-on-one dialogue. Faculty members encourage students to pursue independent projects, collaborating with them on original research.
Students whose primary interest lies elsewhere find that a basic grounding in chemistry provides a wealth of important knowledge about the everyday world. Chemistry is called the central science, and for good reason: The inquiry into how matter is composed and combined is a foundation of all fields of scientific knowledge.
Exploration of the central principles and theories of chemistry including stoichiometry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, reaction kinetics, and molecular structure and bonding. For students intending to pursue post-graduate work in the Health Professions, this course satisfies the first semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
Structure and bonding of organic compounds and their acid-base properties, stereochemistry, introduction to reactions and reaction mechanisms of carbon compounds and the relationship of reactivity and structure. Three hours of class and four hours of laboratory.View All Courses
Topics in inorganic chemistry, including periodicity and descriptive chemistry of the elements, electrochemistry, transition metal coordination chemistry, and the structure and properties of solid state materials. Laboratories emphasize synthesis and characterization of inorganic coordination compounds, electrochemistry, and inorganic materials. This course satisfies the second semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement for post-graduate Health Professions programs.View All Courses
A survey of the chemical and physical nature of biological macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates; biochemistry of enzyme catalysis; bioenergetics and regulatory mechanisms. Principles and techniques of experimental biochemistry, focusing on isolation methods and techniques for analyzing structure and function. This course satisfies the second semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement for post-graduate Health Professions programs, however, this course might not also satisfy a Health Profession program’s requirement for a course in Biochemistry. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of quantum chemistry. Topics include the fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics, the nature of the chemical bond, and applications of molecular quantum mechanics including spectroscopy and computational electronic structure methods. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.View All Courses
An investigation into the concepts of organic synthesis as applied to small molecule drug and probe development for the treatment and understanding of human disease. Emphasis will be placed on modern organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology research aimed toward the realization of personalized therapeutics. The process of developing an original research proposal will be a primary mechanism to reinforce the concepts of this course. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Finding Direction to Chemistry Research
Mihalyi-Koch ’19, Zucker ’15 Awarded NSF Fellowships
Willa Mihalyi-Koch ’19 and Hannah Zucker '15 have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. This is a highly competitive, prestigious, nationally recognized fellowship that is awarded to just under 2000 students in the natural and social sciences and engineering.
Learning Outside the Lab
Even if the laboratories are closed, the (online) libraries are open, and COVID-19 isn’t stopping Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Max Majireck, Amy Glanzer ’21, and Holly Hutchinson ’21 from conducting chemistry research this summer.