Innovate and collaborate.
Develop the intellectual foundation needed for a meaningful career as a scientific professional advancing new chemical frontiers.
Kirpa Batth, biochem major, is currently researching a rare local flower with Aimee Wyrick, chair of the biology department. Research as an undergraduate student isn’t available at most schools, which offers Kirpa an advantage over her peers. Talk to your professors about how you can participate in research.
Student-created and student-led, SPARK (Science Presentations And Research for Kids) takes science into local schools for demos and inspiration. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
The chemistry department’s state-of-the art microwave plasma atomic emission spectrometer (MPAES) can measure the amount of over 60 elements in many types of samples, and is sensitive enough to detect one part in a billion. And unlike most schools, you can use this machine in labs yourself--no waiting around for a TA to do it. Talk to your professors to find out which courses use the MPAES.
Chemistry wasn’t my original major which seems crazy to me because I’ve always loved it. I was absolutely terrified the first time I visited the department, but as soon as I walked through those doors and that notorious chemical smell hit me, I was like, ‘Ah, yes. This is where I belong.’ My favorite part of the department is the faculty. Chemistry can be hard, but your professors are there with you each step of the way. They truly care about you and want to see you succeed. This is one of the reasons why I love PUC.
- Jordon Cowen
August 8, 2019
For 24 years, PUC has hosted PacificQuest annually during the summer, inviting high-achieving middle school students to campus to participate in various STEM activities to enhance their knowledge and interest. The program was an instant success with both participating teachers and students, and has remained hugely popular over the years. The only downside? Once a student graduates 8th grade, they can no longer attend PacificQuest.