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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?

More than 22% percent of Old Westbury's professors have earned among SUNY's highest honors - the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor, Distinguished Service Professor or Chancellor's Award for Excellence in teaching and service.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Curriculum Materials Center in the College library.

Women's volleyball coach, Marjahna Vickers, was named the 2005-06 College Female Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Sports Commission after leading the Lady Panthers to 21 wins and the most successful season in the program's history.

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