Opportunities for chemistry and biochemistry students | Mount Allison

Research opportunities

Research projects are available for honours students in the summer months following the third year and sometimes after the first or the second years. Financial support for up to four months is available through scholarships, fellowships, and other support made available especially for this purpose.

Undergraduate research

All faculty members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have active research programs with undergraduates playing key roles in their productivity. Undergraduate students can be involved in the research programs of faculty members by volunteering their time throughout the academic year or by participating in summer research.

The professors' individual webpages contain information about research currently under investigation. Students are also encouraged to contact faculty members to learn more about their research interests.

Summer research

Throughout the summer months, students are paid a stipend for their efforts in the lab. These stipends may be covered from the research grants of faculty members, while students may also apply for funding. Applications for Independent Student Research Grants can be obtained from the Research Office in early January. Students wishing to apply should contact a Chemistry or Biochemistry faculty member for more details.

Graduate research

Mount Allison offers a Master of Science degree in chemistry in which both the course and research components may be completed on campus. Graduate students are paid a stipend while exceptional students may also be eligible for the Rice Memorial Fellowship.

Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships, such as a NSERC PGS-M. Students wishing to apply to the MSc program should first identify a potential research supervisor by contacting individual Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members.

Application forms and other information regarding the program may be found at the Graduate Studies website.

Becoming a teaching assistant

Chemistry & Biochemistry Society

The Chemistry/Biochemistry Society is devoted to creating a supportive and collaborative learning environment for students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Mount Allison.

We work in collaboration with faculty members to provide students with the resources needed to succeed and thrive during their studies in the Department. The society organizes peer tutoring, help sessions, and lab report writing tutorials throughout the year. In the past, we have planned events like trivia night, dodgeball, intramural teams, and Chem/Biochem Week!


Want to know more? Interested in tutoring? Let us know:

E-mail: chemsoc@mta.ca
Instagram: chembiocmta
Facebook: MtA Chemistry/Biochemistry Society 2021/2022

Executive 2022-23

Tuscany Tissera — President

Hello all! My name is Tuscany Tissera and I am the president of this year's Chem/Biochem Society. I am from the village of Petitcodiac, NB. Fun fact, Petitcodiac means the river that bends like a bow in Mi'kmaq. As my time at MtA comes to an end, I'll be finishing up with a Major in Chemistry and a minor in Math. Can't wait to see what this year brings!


Maddie Greatorex — VP Chemistry

Hi everyone, my name is Maddie Greatorex, I am from Truro, Nova Scotia and I'm the VP Chemistry.  I am a fourth year student pursuing honors in Chemistry with a minor in Biochemistry. My research this summer was Synthesizing redox-active indium catalysts as green alternatives in Dr. Glen Briand's 'Metalheads' lab. A fun fact about me is that I also play on the Women's Basketball team at Mount Allison. 

Sam McGaw — VP Biochemistry

Hey everyone! My name is Sam McGaw and I'm taking on the role of VP Biochem this year. Originally from St. Stephen, NB, I'm a fourth-year honours biochemistry student currently conducting research in the MacCormack Lab on the effect of a taurine deficiency on the hypoxia tolerance of brook trout. A fun fact about me is that I also act as one of the student athletic therapists for the women's hockey team here at MtA!

Hailey Stack — VP Academic

Hey everyone, my name is Hailey Stack, I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I am the VP Academic for the Chemistry/Biochemistry Society this year! I'm in my fourth year at Mount A and I'm pursuing a Bachelor of Science with honours in Chemistry and a minor in Biochemistry.  My project is being done under the supervision of the late Dr. Westcott, and Dr. Glen Briand. My project focuses on the synthesis and characterization of novel platinum coordination complexes. A fun fact about me is that I traveled to Peru a few years ago where I hiked Machu Picchu and spent a week in the Amazon rainforest!

Rachel Sokyrka — VP Finance

Hey everyone!! My name is Rachel Sokyrka and I'll be your VP finance for the 2022-2023 school year!! I'm from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am going into my third year here at Mount Allison, studying biochemistry and biology.  This past summer I was a research assistant for Dr. Hamilton. A fun fact about me is that I am also a part of the MtA dance team and the healthcare outreach club :)

Andrew Rideout — VP Communications

Hello, my name is Andrew Rideout and I am from Oxford, Nova Scotia and I will act as the VP Communications for the Chemistry/Biochemistry society in the coming year. I am entering my fourth year at MtA and pursuing Honors in Biochemistry with a double minor in chemistry and biology. My honors research is under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Waller, and I am characterizing enzymes used in the algal DMSP biosynthesis pathway. A fun fact about me is that my favorite de-stress activity is making pasta from scratch.