Chemistry

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Box 7120
Davidson, NC 28035

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Davidson, NC 28035

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Research

The Chemistry Department provides in-depth one-on-one and small group research opportunities usually unheard of at the undergraduate level. You may take part in research during the academic year and/or over the summer. After speaking with a professor about a research project, the Independent Study Proposal form (PDF) should be completed and submitted to the chair of the department.

Chemistry students have the opportunity through faculty-student research projects to experience the process of discovery, to master new techniques, and to gain an in-depth understanding of specific chemical problems. Professors not only provide you with hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment, but also become trusted advisers offering guidance about academic programs and career paths. All department offices and research labs are in close proximity to the spaces where chemistry students learn, study, compute, perform research, and socialize every day.

Most students who participate in summer research receive stipends or scholarships to do so. Students often co-author with their professors scientific papers published in journals and presented at regional, national, or international meetings such as those of the American Chemical Society.

Recent Student Research Projects

  • "Synthesis of triazole-based nucleoside analogues," Jon Himes '13, under the direction of Professor Erland Stevens, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • "Synthesis of 1-[4-Hydroxy-3-(hydromethyl)butyl]-1H-1,2,3-triazole-4-carboxamide," Austin Mudd '13, under the direction of Professor Erland Stevens, Fall 2012
  • "Exploiting carbohydrate interactions for in vitro targeting of melanoma," George Mukosera '15, under the direction of Professor Nicole Snyder, Spring 2013
  • "Chemical tuning of the charge transfer characteristics of Zn(II) polypyridyl thiol complexes," Beth Mundy '13, under the direction of Professor Durwin Striplin
  • "Hydrodynamic radii of denatured ribonuclease Sa," Maegan Newell ' 13, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Myers
  • "Determination of azaarenes and tobacco-specific nitrosamines in the particulate phase of mainstream hookah smoke," Tim Oh '13, under the direction of Professor Cindy Hauser, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • "Heterogeneous aging of isoprene secondary organic aerosols," Demetrios Pagonis '13, under the direction of Professor Cindy Hauser, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • "Total synthesis of pneumococcal serotype 31," Mackenzie Treible '13, under the direction of Professor Nicole Snyder, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
  • "A new approach for understanding the reaction mechanism of pyridinium-catalyzed photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2," Kyle Yang '13, under the direction of Professor David Blauch, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013