The University of Dayton Department of Chemistry encourages its undergraduate majors to conduct scholarly research, offering students paid laboratory work, academic scholarships, and summer research fellowships. Faculty provide mentorship, advice, supervision, supplies, and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Many of the theses in this collection are components of larger projects done in collaboration with faculty members; when papers resulting from these projects are submitted for publication in scientific journals, undergraduate students are listed as co-authors, a great distinction for undergraduate students.

Many undergraduate theses also are presented in poster form at the annual Stander Symposium.