Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Chemistry Research Projects

Research at Fort Lewis College

Dr. Les Sommerville with MARC research trainee.
Chemistry Students eager to get into lab

All Fort Lewis College students are invited to apply for summer research positions within the Department of Chemistry. Come join our energetic faculty and participate in independent, cutting-edge research in chemistry this summer. Opportunities are available in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, natural products, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and bioinorganic chemistry.

Qualifications include:

  • A strong interest in carrying out scientific studies
  • A willingness to work hard and have fun
  • A willingness to make a commitment for 10 weeks of the summer
  • Curiosity about the natural world

What you will get in return:

  • Depending on funding there may be a stipend or class credit.
  • The opportunity to generate new scientific knowledge by discovering things no one has known about before
  • Invaluable experience in practical research techniques
  • An outstanding entry for your resume
  • Opportunities for leadership within the chemistry community

For more information, please contact the research advisor in your chosen area of study:


Inorganic Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Aimee Morris group synthesizes and characterize coordination complexes containing cobalt centers in various oxidation states.

analytical chemistryAnalytical Chemistry

Dr. Rob Milofsky

Dr. Callie Cole current research involves ion-molecule reaction kinetics and mechanisms pertinent to the interstellar medium (ISM).

chemical structure imageBiochemistry

Dr. Katie Mouzakis group study the structure and function of human t-cell leukemia virus (HTLV) ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequences.

Dr. Les Sommerville researches genome-directed studies to better understand glucose metabolism and enzymology in an environmental organism.

organic compound graphicOrganic Chemistry

Dr. Kenny Miller specializes in synthesizing new exciting organic molecules. These molecules have promising uses for the treatment of viral diseases or cancer.

Dr. Bill Collins is interested in how moecules derived from plants can affect honey bee health, and how molecules discovered by bees can be sources of new antibiotics to improve human health.

Laser In Use signPhysical Chemistry

Dr. Michael Grubb research focuses on mechanisms through which chemical reactions take place by monitoring changes in their optical spectra over time.

Please see Whitney Blakstad Chem 140 for the application or click here to download the 2017 Summer Research Application. The applications are due on Thursday, February 23rd. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

The MARC U*STAR Program

The Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Program (MARC U*STAR) at Fort Lewis College is funded by a research training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health.

The Program prepares Native American, African American Hispanic and Pacific Islander students majoring in scientific disciplines to pursue Ph.D.s and long term careers in biomedical and behavioral science research. For more information, please visit the MARC U*STAR web site.