Colorful dyes in Cornell chemistry lab test tubes.

As chemistry major, you can gain hands-on experience at the Cornell Summer Research Institute, preparing you for graduate studies or for careers in a range of fields. 

Alumni careers

Some of the locations where our graduates are working:

  • Research technologist in biophysics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (Class of 2014)
  • Lab technician, Manchester Environmental Laboratory, Yakima, Washington (Class of 2014)
  • Research technician, Leprino Foods, Denver, Colorado (Class of 2013)
  • Research technologist, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Class of 2013)
  • Quality control scientist, Zoetis, Charles City, Iowa (Class of 2013)
  • Biocatalyst technician, Gevo, Centennial, Colorado (Class of 2011)
  • Applications specialist, Genecor, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Class of 2010)
  • Medical laboratory scientist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (Class of 2009)
  • Forensic scientist and chemist, Nebraska State Patrol Crime Laboratory, Lincoln, Nebraska (Class of 2009)
  • Principal chemist, Ecolab, Ames, Iowa (Class of 2007)
  • Senior program analyst, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska (Class of 2006)
  • Assistant professor of chemistry, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Class of 2005)

Graduate schools attended

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, Columbia University, New York City (Class of 2015)
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle (Class of 2015)
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene (Class of 2013)
  • Ph.D. in pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Class of 2013)
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (Class of 2013)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Classes of 2012 and 2009)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Class of 2010)
  • Postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (Class of 2006)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (Class of 2005)