There are certain criteria for Undergraduate Research (CHEM-499), students not meeting these criteria should enroll in Senior Laboratory (CHEM-498). Students should complete an undergraduate research application when you have an idea about your responsibilities and have the following qualifications:
- Be a Chemistry or Biochemistry major
- Complete General Chemistry I & II (CHEM120 & CHEM121), Organic Chemistry I & II (CHEM230 & CHEM231) and Experimental Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 232)
- Research students should have earned a grade of C or better in all chemistry classes attempted
- Upon completion of CHEM-499, all students are required to prepare a formal research report
- Students that completed CHEM-499 are permitted to take an additional 1 semester hour of CHEM-499 in another semester
These are general criteria and exceptions can be made for outstanding students.
When conducting research in any of the lab facilities it is important to know the safety protocols.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry highly encourages our students to participate in faculty mentored research projects. If you’re interested, view the faculty interests below.
Faculty Research Interests
- Richardson Hall, 225F
Biochemistry: Understanding substrate specificity, structure, and mechanisms in Cytochrome P450.
Science of Art Deterioration: Understanding the structure and mechanisms of lead soaps formation in traditional oil paintings.
- Richardson Hall, 343
Supramolecular systems that utilize photoinduced electron transfer (PET) as a means of translating a molecular recognition event into an optical signal.
Designing new molecules that allow the manipulation of several PET processes with multiple cation binding events.
- Richardson Hall, 225H
Plant enzymology and molecular biology with a focus on the role of thiolases and cryptochromes
Techniques include: bioinformatics, cloning, expression, purification, biochemical characterization
Collaborations with other groups involve work on elucidating structure and function relationships with these proteins.
- Richardson Hall, 225J
Computational Chemistry. Development and implementation of electronic structure methods, particularly the random phase approximation. Application to Van-der-Waals bound systems and atmospherically relevant systems.
- Richardson Hall, 357
Biophysical and Bioanalytical chemistry. Molecular biology.
Bottom up reconstitution of synthetic lipid membrane - protein interaction.
Fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy. Computer-assisted data and image analysis.
- Richardson Hall, 225R
(1) Nature-inspired polymers synthesis & their uses in advanced energy material fabrications
(2) Green solvent exploration in Li ion battery recycling
- Richardson Hall, 354
Spectroscopic characterization of enzymes and substrates by using (resonance) Raman spectroscopy, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy.
Repair of UV-damaged DNA by DNA photolyase and cryptochrome (single-strand DNA photolyase).
Substrate effects on active-site properties of and catalysis in heme-containing enzymes.
- Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 406C
Biochemistry of protein kinase signaling pathways. Protein kinase screening assays and drug development. Biochemistry of parasitic anti-stress responses.
- Richardson Hall, 360
Amyloid (aggregated form of protein that accumulates in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, Spongiform Encephalopathies and others) formation mechanisms
Approaches include: Single molecule fluorescence lifetime, Solid state nanopores, Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Interfacial effects on proteins, Novel methods of global data analysis
- Richardson Hall, 345
Preparation and crystallographic study of coordination compounds with ligands that contain hydrogen bonding groups.
Characterization of quasiracemates containing transition metal complexes.