/ Chemistry Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

At Hope, the classroom is just the beginning of your education. From student clubs to lecture series and a world-class undergraduate research program, chemistry and biochemistry students enjoy a wealth of opportunities to learn.

Student Clubs

Chemistry Club

Our student-run Chemistry Club is almost a century old. Started in 1924, the original goal was to promote fellowship among students. Dr. VanZyl acted as advisor to the first group of students. Today, our traditions continue. We welcome all Hope students — not just chemistry majors — to join us in volunteer work, science experiments with young students and group outings. Contact us at chemclub@hope.edu or on Facebook.

Biochemistry Club

We offer all students at Hope the opportunity to join the Biochemistry Club. Our chapter presents labwork, hosts biochemistry seminar speakers and creates science activities for elementary students. For more information, contact us at bmbclub@hope.edu.

Seminar Series

Neckers Lecture Series 

The James and Jeanette Neckers Lectureship and Student Assistance Fund was established in 1984 by Dr. James W. and Jeanette Hoffman Neckers (’23) to support annual lectureships in chemistry. Through additional gifts from Dr. Neckers, the fund was expanded to include student summer research stipends and student scholarships. Take a look at the calendar for the schedule of these lectures.

Gentile Lectures

An annual interdisciplinary lectureship fund honors Dr. James Gentile, the former Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences. Take a look at the calendar for information on upcoming Gentile Lectures.

View all upcoming chemistry and biochemistry events

Student Research

Collaborative Research

We’re one of the first colleges in the country to offer undergraduate student/faculty collaborative research in chemistry. A strong research program is integral to our department, and we offer many opportunities for students to participate.

Summer Research

Hope also offers paid research opportunities during the summer months through our Summer Undergraduate Research Function (SURF) program. For the past 25 years, Hope College has had a continually funded program through the National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU). We host over 45 chemistry research students every summer, with more than a dozen research groups in chemistry.

Learn more about chemistry and biochemistry research opportunities 

Internships and Off-Campus Study

Are you looking for an internship in chemistry or biochemistry? Contact the internship coordinator at the Career Development Center to begin your search.

There are many off-campus study opportunities available to chemistry and biochemistry majors, including the Philadelphia Center program. Talk to your academic advisor and stop by the Fried Center for Global Engagement to plan for your off-campus study experience.