HMC’s chemistry faculty believe that research of project work on a significant chemical problem is a particularly valuable educational experience. Senior research (Chem 151-152) is the capstone experience of the chemistry degree. Students participate in research with faculty, some starting in their first year; all chemistry majors pursue research and write a senior thesis. About 15 to 25 students work on research projects in the department during the summer, and many papers co-authored by HMC students and faculty have been published.

Financial support for research comes from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Research Corporation, Merck/AAAS, The Mellon Foundation, and The Beckman Foundation.