Opportunities in Chemistry

Academic Opportunities

Summer Research and Internships

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.

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) maintains a list of internship opportunities.

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

The CLS provides information about many scholarships, including Gates Cambridge, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships. 

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.

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.

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