Academic Opportunities

Research and Projects

Majors are encouraged to participate in research projects with faculty in biology or chemistry. All of the instrumentation in both the biology and chemistry departments is available for research projects of biological chemistry majors.  Current Grinnell College students will find a list of research opportunities on the Science Division GrinnellShare site (login required).  You will find descriptions for research projects with professors on campus, as well as a number of off-campus opportunities.

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Noyce/Intel Internship

The goal of this program is to offer students educational experience in applied technology; essentially, seeking to blend idealism with realism. To qualify, eligible students must demonstrate that the internship they propose will: focus on applied science or technology; emphasize application over discovery; take place in a non-profit or government setting in the United States; and achieve problem-solving goals.

For more information, please contact the program chair, Michael Guenther.


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

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Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

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Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

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Activities and Organizations


The departments of Biology and Chemistry both hold seminars during the academic year. Seminars on Biological Chemistry occur each semester as part of these lectureship series. 

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Grinnell College has an active local chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

For more information about the society, please contact Grinnell's Chapter Adviser, Heriberto Hernandez-Soto.


The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.