Trinity University

About Trinity University

Trinity University is a private, liberal arts and science undergraduate institution, located in San Antonio, Texas. We are a residential campus with student enrollment of approx. 2400. The Chemistry Department is comprised of 8 research-active faculty members representing all of the major disciplines (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry). All of the faculty members operate research programs that allow undergraduate students to work on cutting edge projects using state of the art research equipment. Each faculty member has individual laboratory space in which their research groups operate. At the end of 2013, the University completed a $127M Center for the Sciences and Innovation science complex with all new chemistry laboratories and classrooms. Departmental instructional facilities are also utilized by faculty research groups, particularly in the summer. Increasingly, research projects are at the interface of traditional research disciplines and there are a number of collaborations between chemistry research groups and other research groups on campus. The strength of our program is evidenced by the external funding that the faculty have successfully attracted. Chemistry faculty manage more than $1 Million per year in active externally funded grants from the National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Research Corporation and Petroleum Research Fund. These funds help to support summer stipends for students, salaries for postdoctoral research associates, research supplies, major research and instructional equipment (we have added > $2.5 Million in new equipment since 1999). The Department also currently participates in several inter-departmental initiatives, which have provided an additional $2 Million in equipment and student stipends over the last 3 years. This research activity generates scientific publications with student co-authors, with the departmental publication average being far above the national average for undergraduate institutions. In addition to conducting undergraduate research during the academic year, the Chemistry Department focuses entirely on research during the summer. Over the past 20 years, an average of 30-40 undergraduate students has participated in the 10-week summer program. This program is one of the largest chemistry summer undergraduate research programs in the country. All instructional laboratories, facilities, and equipment are available for summer research students. One of the hallmarks of the program is that it is extremely accessible to students early in their academic careers. Over the past 8 years, the program has averaged nearly equal numbers of first year students, sophomores, and juniors. All summer research students receive stipends, and the University also covers the basic dormitory costs for students and provides 1-hour course credit free of charge to students who participate in the program.

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