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Hands-on research experience is a key part of a Simmons science education. All Simmons students engage in a year-long senior Independent Learning project as part of their program.
In chemistry, Independent Learning means current research, at Simmons or in one of the many other research laboratories in Boston. Research gives students the opportunity to put their knowledge to work. With her faculty adviser, each student plans and performs experimental work, and she analyzes and documents her results. Each student writes a senior thesis based on her research and defends the thesis in an oral exam. Our graduates report that this experience is invaluable preparation for job interviews and for graduate school. Research opportunities are also open to students as early as the freshman year.
Simmons chemistry students begin using up-to-date laboratory instruments in the very first chemistry course and continue to build this hands-on experience throughout the curriculum. Simmons graduates are known for their ability to take on laboratory projects with a minimum of supervision. Computers are used extensively throughout the various chemistry-related programs.
Each Simmons student who declares a chemistry-related major gets an individual laboratory carrel in our Independent Study Laboratory. Students are encouraged to do laboratory work in their carrels, where they can work individually or together, calling on Faculty for guidance as needed.
Although the Simmons chemistry faculty are actively involved in research, we feel that research should not take us away from our students. Simmons students are actively involved in our research as part of their Independent Study work. We are always glad to meet with students outside of class individually or in small groups.