There are certain criteria for Undergraduate Research (CHEM-499) and students that do not meet these criteria should enroll in Senior Laboratory (CHEM-498). Students should complete an application that indicates that you have an interest in undergraduate research when you have some idea about what your responsibilities are and you have the following qualifications:
- CHEM-499 is limited to Chemistry and Biochemistry majors
- Completed General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II and Experimental Organic Chemistry I
- Research students should have earned a grade of C or better in all chemistry classes attempted
- Once a student has completed 3 credits of CHEM-499, the student should be permitted to take 1 semester hour of CHEM-499 in any particular semester
- Upon completion of CHEM-499, all students are required to prepare a formal research report
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, information found on the Safety Manuals and Resources page.
All students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are encouraged to participate in research projects under the supervision of faculty. If you’re interested, view the faculty interests below and download the Research Application!
Faculty Research Interests
Location: Richardson Hall 349
Research Interests: 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.
Saliya A Desilva
Location: Richardson Hall 343
Research Interests: 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.
Jim H Dyer
Location: Richardson Hall 347
Research Interests: 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.
Location: Richardson Hall 342
Research Interests: 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.
Johannes P Schelvis
Location: Richardson Hall 354
Research Interests: Repair of UV-damaged DNA by DNA photolyase and cryptochrome (single-strand DNA photolyase).; Antibiotic activation and resistance in KatG, the catalase-peroxidase of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
David S Talaga
Location: Richardson Hall 360
Research Interests: 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.
Mark A Whitener
Location: Richardson Hall 345
Research Interests: Preparation and crystallographic study of coordination compounds with ligands that contain hydrogen bonding groups and reparation; Characterization of quasiracemates containing transition metal complexes.