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The Chemistry and Physics Department offers research opportunities for qualified undergraduate students. Students with a strong academic record and an interest in research are encouraged to work with one or more of the faculty on selected laboratory projects. Old Westbury students work on the cutting edge of science. They become familiar with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computer technology. They visit with invited lecturers. They present the results of their own research at statewide, national and international conferences.

Summer internships are available in neighboring corporations and laboratories.

The following topics represent some of the research interests of the Chemistry and Physics faculty:

  • Use of EPR spectroscopy to determine the structure of compounds that model enzyme active sites
  • Environmental separations and mass spectrometry
  • Synthesis of radiolabeled steroid analogs for potential use as imaging agents
  • Development and deployment of new methods for detecting trace gases in the atmosphere
  • Synthesis and characterization of coordination compounds that model Lewis acid metalloenzymes.
  • Computers in Chemical Education
  • Science Education
  • Optical Spectroscopy and Chemical Dynamics

Faculty members actively pursue research, both on campus and in collaboration with scientists at such institutions as Yale University, SUNY Stony Brook, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Argonne National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.


Did You Know?

Maryann De Leo, a 1977 graduate of the Media & Communications program within the American Studies Department, was honored with an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 76th Annual Academy Awards for her work as producer and director of "Chernobyl Heart," a film about the effects of radiation on the children of Belarus, Russia, 16 years after the infamous nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl.

Among SUNY's comprehensive colleges, Old Westbury ranks among the highest in science and engineering funding to support competitive scientific research. Funding for research is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the New York State Department of Education.

35 Old Westbury students gave up their traditional Spring Break rituals in 2006 and instead volunteered their time and effort in New Orleans to aid recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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