Each semester, our Lab Assistants play an important role in creating an effective educational experience as they assist both professors and students in the lab.
Assistants must be familiar with the techniques and calculations used in the experiments and be capable of solving problems on-the-spot in order to help students with their experiments. The Department typically hires around 25 positions each semester; these are paid positions that not only provide great experience in the lab working with faculty and students, but also are a great resume builder.
Requirements for Lab Assisting
- As a lab assistant, you must have taken the course or course equivalent in which you are assisting
- You must have earned a grade of B or better in the course in which you are assisting
The following steps must be completed to apply for a lab assistant position:
- Submit a Lab Application to the Chemistry Department Office. Check with the Administrative Assistant to determine current open lab positions.
- Once your application has been approved, complete the Required Tax Forms through the Student Employment Office as well as Direct Deposit (not mandatory, but we highly recommend it).
- Complete a Payroll Form in the Chemistry Department Office (North Hall 156).
- Complete Online Student Employment Safety Training.
- Receive instructions for logging your hours into Portal.
Faculty members maintain vigorous year-round research programs designed to enhance the undergraduate chemistry experience. Interested students should discuss specific research opportunities with individual department faculty.
Research Assistants work one-on-one with faculty members in their personal laboratories. These are paid positions that provide fantastic opportunities into additional research opportunities both on-campus and off-campus.