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Off-campus Research

Chemistry beakers

Undergraduate research is an exciting opportunity for chemistry students to work with faculty and experience the process of discovery. The faculty have developed a culture of scholarship in which students learn how to use research to strengthen their understanding of scientific concepts. Undergraduate research is actively encouraged throughout the students' curriculum to invigorate learning.



Summer 2014

  • University of Rochester Medical Center
    Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics,Department of Dermatology
    Rochester, NY
    Mentor: Dr. Benjamin L. Miller
    Tom Dwyer - Examining the Binding Potential of RAGE Inhibitors:  Towards New Anti-Alzherimer's Therapeutics

  • University of California, San Diego
    UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
    The Handel Laboratory
    La Jolla, CA
    Goodwell Nzou - Optimization of Chemokine Receptor Expression in Spodoptera frugiperda 9 Cells.

Summer 2013

  • University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
    Briana Laubacker - Modification of surface ligands coordinated to β-NaYF4: Yb, Er/Tm nanocrystals for use in security printing applications
    Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Stanley May
  • University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
    James Chambers - Investigation into the reactivity of anilinomagnesium halides with carboxylic esters using the Bodroux reaction.
    Faculty Advisor:  Dr. David Hawkinson

Summer 2012

Summer 2011

  • University of C0nnecticut
    Michelle Scotland - Studies on the causes of superdormancy in spores of Bacillus subtillis.

Summer 2010

  • University of Rochester
    Christine Brule - Summer Scholars Program (a.k.a. GEBS Program)
    Faculty advisor: Michael D. Bulger, Ph.D.
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Program
    Brittany Krupp - Isolation and Characterization of Tissue-Specific Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) in Benign and Malignant Prostate Tissue.  
  • Strong Children's Research Center Summer Training Program
    Jen Pier - Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Severity of Influenza in Pediatric Inpatients
  • University of Wyoming
    Jenna Howard - Alternative energy research. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Defense.
    Faculty advisor: Dr. Milan Balaz

Summer 2009

  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    Jamie Doyle - Dopamine Receptor Research.
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. James Schenk
  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA
    Brian Hauck - IMS and IMS-TOFMS Analysis of Isobaric Peptides.
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Herb Hill, Jr.

Summer 2008

  • University of Rochester
    Don Curran III, - "Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis of the (CUG)n Repeat RNA Binding Peptide Targeting Myotonic Dystrophy (DM1)."
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Benjamin L. Miller
  • Yale University
    Justin Carmel - Exploration Summer Program (taught forensic science to students in grades 10-12 on the Yale University campus).
  • University of Rochester, Strong Children's Research Center
    Lauren Wright - "Protein Insufficiency in Phenylketonuria (PKU)."
    Mentor: Georgianne Arnold, MD
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