Faculty Research Labs

Many faculty members engage undergraduates in their research. Students must apply to a research faculty to be accepted for enrollment in CHEM 397 Research Methods and Practice. Undergraduates work closely with their faculty mentors, and in some cases experienced Masters students, to answer interesting scientific questions.

Claire Castro and William Karney
Computational Organic Chemistry - use of computational tools to solve problems in organic chemistry, particularly in the fields of Möbius aromaticity and dynamic processes in annulenes.

Osasere Evbuomwan
Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry-development of lanthanide complexes for prostate cancer diagnosis, and image-guided tumor resection via Magnetic Resonance and Optical Imaging properties.

Lawrence Margerum
Chemical Education and Inorganic Chemistry - development of problem-based laboratory projects and their effect on student learning. Inorganic photochemistry and electrochemistry.

Giovanni Meloni
Physical Chemistry - high-temperature reactions and spectroscopic characterization of reaction intermediates important to atmospheric and combustion chemistry, especially focusing on biofuel molecules.

Ryan West
Nanomaterials and Analytical Chemistry - fabrication of nanostructured interfaces for chemical and biological sensing applications, including electrochemical and plasmonic monitoring of DNA hybridization.

Janet Yang
Biochemistry - thermodynamic and kinetic analyses of ATP Binding Cassette transporters — membrane proteins that regulate the cellular intake of nutrients and export of toxins — using a variety of biochemical and biophysical approaches.

How to Sign-Up

  • Complete, or have almost completed, Organic Chemistry II Lecture and Lab.
  • Find an available lab and meet with faculty during office hours.
  • Attend chemistry department faculty research seminars.

Typically, but not always, students begin working in a research lab during the summer months.

All majors accepted for research in the department must sign up for at least 1 unit of CHEM 397 Research Methods and Practice during the fall or spring semester.

Other Research Opportunities

National Science Foundation »
Provides REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) opportunities.