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If you have questions about our first year program in Chemistry, please contact the First Year Co-ordinator or the Undergraduate Advisor.


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Announcing Summer 2017 NSERC USRA Competition:


NSERC Undergraduate Student

Research Awards for 2017 in

Chemistry and Chemical Biology


All interested and highly qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the McMaster Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology for an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).

Students receiving NSERC USRAs work full time for 16 weeks during the summer in one of the department’s research laboratories. USRAs provide students with invaluable research experience and unique learning opportunities in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Students from McMaster or other universities are eligible, with preference given to students in Level II or Level III Honours Chemistry or Honours Chemical Biology programs.

Students must discuss their application and research projects with a potential supervisor before submission to the Department. Part one of the NSERC USRA Form 202 is completed on-line by the student, while part two is completed by the successful applicant’s research supervisor when requested. For more information please contact Linda Spruce in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology Office, ABB 156, by phone at ext. 23490, or by email at

Students with NSERC USRA awards will receive the following total stipends over 16 weeks:

              $7700 – students completing level II

              $8100 – students completing level III

              $8500 – students completing level IV

Information about the NSERC USRA program and application forms are available on the NSERC website:

A complete application consists of a copy of the completed Form 202 Part I, an up to date copy of the applicant’s transcript (an official transcript is not necessary at this stage), and the application form, signed by the potential supervisor.

Please send your application to Linda Spruce in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Office (ABB 156) no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017.


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The Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange (RISE) is an undergraduate summer exchange program for students in the chemical sciences. Information can be found at:  McMaster has celebrated 19 yrs of RISE student involvement!


Congratulations to the 2014/5 Scholarship Award Winners in the Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology!

There are often teaching assistant positions open in CHEM2OA3/2OB3. Resumes are continually being accepted in case hires are necessary. Please email resumes to Greg Bahun ( Candidates with an undergraduate degree in chemistry are preferred. Experience TAing chemistry courses and a good background in organic laboratory techniques are essential qualifications.

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