We encourage our students to experience life as a Biochemist.
We encourage students to partner with a Biology or Chemistry faculty member to
start undergraduate research (link with the Biochem research site) in
your Freshman year. We also encourage students to perform internships and/or
shadow a medical
As a Biochemistry major, you will have the opportunity to
join Clubs and Honor Societies in both Biology and Chemistry. The R.O.C.K.
program also provides opportunities for community outreach.
have the option of continuing an existing research project in Biochemistry or
start their own project with the help of faculty in the
Biology Department or the Chemistry Department.
Below are some existing Biochemistry research projects and the faculty mentors.
Internships and shadowing of medical professionals
give you an opportunity to learn how your coursework can be used in the
biochemical or medical field. Our
students have performed internships at:
American Chemical Society Student Chapter is an organization dedicated to
showing the university and the general community how fun science can be. We
host and participate in a wide variety of campus events, including National
Chemistry Week and the Solar 5K. We also partner closely with ROCK (Rural
Outreach Chemistry for Kids) to offer our members many community service
opportunities throughout the school year.
The Biology club has been designed to enhance the education and biology interests of students on campus. Activities and trips allow students to explore the world in a fun and educational way. Speakers are frequently invited in to allow students to gain perspective and greater understanding of many topics related to biology. This club is designed to help students prepare for their future in the sciences as well as to offer opportunities to participate in fellowship and networking activities.
The Saint Francis
Environmental Action Society is a student club focused on environmental
awareness and preservation. Recently, they have participated in projects
such as SFU Earth Day Carnival Organizers, 350.org International Day of Climate
Action, Adopt-a-Highway litter cleanup at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Yale
Environmental Leadership Conference, Math and Science Saturday presentation at
Foot-of-Ten elementary school in Hollidaysburg, Backpacking and hiking trips,
SFU Day of Reflection Watershed Trail Clean-up, and the Recycled Gift Christmas
promotes environmental education to the students, faculty, and staff of Saint
Francis University. Our goal also includes promoting environmental awareness in
the community at large.
As a Biochemist, you can join both the TriBeta
Biological Honor Society and the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.
Saint Francis is home to the
Upsilon Beta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society.
Our chapter was established in 1980 with twenty active student members and five
faculty. Since that time, the Upsilon Beta chapter has inducted 199 regular, 33
associate, and 5 faculty members. Numerous student members have have received
research scholarship grants from the TriBeta national office, and presented
their research at the District Convention. Students who place in the poster or
oral presentations receive a scholarship to attend the national meeting. Saint
Francis University hosted the NE3 district convention for the first time in
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is
a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919 at Davidson College. The
fraternity was created to promote academic excellence and undergraduate
research scholarship in chemistry. An invitation to membership in
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a coveted honor among students in chemistry.
In the R.O.C.K. program you can work with
local K-12 students to show that science (especially chemistry) is important in
everyone's life and can be exciting. R.O.C.K. volunteers perform hands-on chemistry
experiments and activities using mainly household products. We focus on
classroom visits (not stage presentations) in the 5 county area around SFU
(Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, and Somerset). R.O.C.K. also looks at the
role that chemistry will have in the future as well as how it will benefit our
society. Our chemistry students participate in a minimum of six R.O.C.K. events each
= required field
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