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 The Department of Chemistry offers exceptional opportunities year-round for interested and qualified students to participate in faculty research. Course credit for research may be earned in CHM 290, 490 and 491. In addition, employment opportunities or fellowships are often available. Such research experience is of particular value to students preparing for graduate study or industrial employment.

Students should feel free to discuss research opportunities with members of the chemistry faculty. Specific arrangements with an individual faculty member must be made before enrollment in CHM 290, 490 or 491. 

James Morrison Thompson Chemistry Scholarship 

Tuition awards are available each semester to qualified students who elect undergraduate research in chemistry. Recipients are chosen by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry Research Opportunities

Maria Bryant
  • Computer Modeling of Intermolecular Forces
Ferman Chavez
  • Synthetic Models for Metalloenzymes
  • Nitric Oxide Releasing Materials
  • Development of Synthetic Nucleases
  • Ligand Design for Asymmetric Catalysis
Edith Chopin 
  • Environmental analytical chemistry
  • Soil biogeochemistry
  • Trace element cycling in the soil-vegetation-water system
  • Environmental sustainability and restoration: soil amendments, phytoremediation

Roman Dembinski

  • Novel Synthetic Methods
  • Nucleoside (DNA/RNA) Analogs
  • Bioorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
  • Fluorous Chemistry

 Greg Felton

  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Synthesis of electrocatalysts for alternative energy: Hydrogen production and solar energy
  • Electrochemical mechanistic analysis of organic and inorganic reactions

 Nessan Kerrigan

  • New methods in Organic Synthesis
  • Organic molecule-catalyzed reactions
  • Transition metal-catalyzed reactions
  • Natural product/biologically active molecule synthesis

Sanela Martic

  • Peptide self-assembly
  • Fluorescent sensing probes
  • Bioanalysis
  • Model studies of the DNA damage and neurodegenerative disorders

Kathleen Moore

  • Effects of Xenobiotics on Fatty Acid Metabolism
  • Synthesis of Novel Thioesters
  • Characterization and Antimicrobial Effects of Gangliosides from Dairy Products

Joel Russell

  • Development of Multimedia Materials to Enhance Teaching and Learning of Chemistry
  • My projects are all ideal for students interested in teaching careers either at the secondary or higher education levels
  • Study of Efficiency of Computer Based Tools for Enhancing Learning of Chemistry

 Linda Schweitzer

  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Drinking Water Quality and Treatment Processes

John Seeley

  • Development of Novel Analytical Methods
  • Two Dimensional Gas Chromatography for Analysis of Trace Species in Air
  • Analysis of Biofuels

 Michael Sevilla

  • Mechanisms of  Radiation Damage to DNA
  • Electron Spin Resonance Analysis for Free Radicals
  • Quantum Chemistry Calculations of Free Radical Properties and Structure

Evan Trivedi - Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry

  • Tetrapyrrole and lanthanide coordination chemistry; synthetic methods
  •  Luminescence spectroscopy; solid state and near-infrared
  • Therapeutic development in vitro; tissue culture and fluorescence microscopy
  • Drug development in vivo; molecular imaging in small animal models

Xiangqun Zeng

  • Novel Sensor technique and electrode array development 
  • Novel Chemical and biointerface development for life science applications
  • Characterization and applications of Carbohydrates and Conductive Polymers
  • Analytical Applications of Ionic Liquids