Cyanide attacks a benzaldehyde to facilitate the joining of two benzaldehydes.

Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research to prepare themselves for graduate school, professional school, or industry. There are multiple opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research within the Department of Biochemistry.

If you are interested or have questions, reach out to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator at

A list of faculty interested in having undergraduates undertake independent research in their groups for the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 academic year can be found here:

Students wishing to complete independent research for elective credit, may enroll in BCHM 4901 Independent Study. Students may enroll for up to 6 credits of independent study in one semester, and departmental policy requires a minimum average of 3 hours per week per credit.

To register for BCHM 4901, please complete the form below and follow the registration information listed in the form:

BCHM 4901 Independent Study Form

Please direct any questions to our Independent Study Coordinator and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at

Students majoring in biochemistry are invited to apply for the Wuttke & Beckman Foundation Biochemical Sciences Research Award. This award provides support for undergraduate students who are majoring in Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, in order to reduce financial barriers that may prevent students from obtaining appropriate research support. Recipients will be students who are pursuing research opportunities in laboratories of faculty members who are rostered in a science department.

CU Boulder also has several programs to support undergraduate research.