Academic Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities

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.

Contact the program chair, Michael Guenther, for more information about the Noyce/Intel Internship.

National Fellowships

There are several national fellowships that can be applied for over the web, although these are highly competitive and available only to U.S. citizens.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Activities and Organizations

Jobs for Chemistry Students

The department employs motivated chemistry students to serve as mentors in the classroom, assistants in teaching laboratories, and peer tutors. Students can also help staff the chemistry stockroom and prepare teaching laboratories for professors.

Contact the department chair for more information about student jobs.


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.

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

Chemistry students are encouraged to join the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, a national organization for undergraduate chemistry students. Contact Lee Sharpe for more information about joining the Student Affiliates of the ACS.

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. Heriberto Hernandez-Soto is Grinnell's SACNAS Chapter Adviser.


Local Outreach

The chemistry faculty occasionally organizes outreach activities for students with the local Grinnell school system. Contact Lee Sharpe if you are interested in local chemistry outreach .

A full list of post-graduate service opportunities is available through the Community Service Program.