CHM 499Y is an upper-level course that presents students with an experimental or theoretical research problem under the supervision of a departmental teaching-stream or tenure-stream faculty member. Students are expected to spend approximately 240 hours during the fall/winter on their research problem (the course is not offered during the summer). CHM 499Y is a required component of several specialist programs and is strongly recommended in the programs for which it is not required. A distinguishing feature from the 200- and 300-level research courses is a series of mandatory professional development workshops focusing on literature searching, preparing job applications/the interview process, and oral/written communication skills. Students are required to present their research at the departmental undergraduate poster session held in March each year and are highly encouraged to additionally attend and present at the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC). Enrolment in this course is limited and application for admission should be made to the Department in the preceding Winter session.
The application form (PDF) may be filled out electronically and submitted to the undergraduate office. Projects in the areas of environmental, computational, analytical, physical, inorganic, materials, organic and biological chemistry are offered. Students are encouraged to visit the websites of faculty members prior to submission of their applications to get some ideas of the group research and indicate their choice of areas of interest on the application.