Current Students

Helpful links and frequently asked questions for current Rollins chemistry students.

Life as a Rollins Science Student

Chemistry students consider themselves part of the "Bush Babies," who make their home in the Bush building as they study and hang out.

Can a chemistry professor be my academic advisor?

If you are majoring in chemistry or biochemistry/molecular biology, it is highly recommended that you are advised by one of the chemistry faculty by the beginning of your second year at Rollins. Majors who are also on a pre-health track should email Dr. Habgood. Direct other inquiries to Dr. Bernal or Dr. Riley for additional information.

Can I study abroad if I am a chemistry or biochemistry/molecular biology major?

Absolutely! Our students study abroad in countries like Italy, Australia, and Germany. Begin by talking to someone in the Office of International Programs to learn more about your options, then contact your chemistry advisor to work out an individualized plan within the major.

Where can I learn more about careers in chemistry?

The American Chemical Society has an excellent portal for undergraduate chemistry students to learn more about the transition from college into a career and how to find your dream job. Learn more.

I may be interested in research, but how can I learn more about what it is and if it's for me?

Research is not for everyone, but you need undergraduate research experience if you plan to earn our ACS-certified degree, Honors in the Major, or apply to Ph.D. programs. Research projects and lab groups are constantly evolving, so schedule an appointment with a chemistry professor to learn more about what is going on in the Rollins chemistry research labs. Learn More

How do I apply to the Rollins summer research program?

Rollins is fortunate to have a competitive Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program (SFCSP) that runs each summer. Applications to the SFCSP are made through an individual research proposal that each student and her/his faculty mentor develop as an independent study project in the spring semester. Check out the faculty page for information on each professor's area of expertise and contact a person with whom you may want to work.

How can I find off-campus summer research opportunities?

Unique opportunities abound for students interested in preparing for graduate school with off-campus research. Paid and unpaid fellowships and internships are available in the U.S. and around the world.

Where can I learn more about how to prepare myself to apply to graduate school in chemistry?

First, explore the ACS's Planning for Graduate Education in Chemistry portal page. Next, meet with your advisor as soon as you know this is the path for you.