Undergraduate Research for Chemistry Majors

Participation in undergraduate research, especially during the junior and the senior year, is strongly encouraged for several reasons including:

  • Research provides excellent training in practical aspects of the discipline. It helps to consolidate knowledge and understanding of chemistry that was gained in courses and provides realistic insights into the daily routines and working environments of career chemists.
  • Participation in a research project inevitably leads to a close working relationship with faculty members, graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates. The familiarity of faculty with a studednt’s aspirations and talents provides a valuable source of career advice and insights. It also creates an important opportunity for obtaining meaningful letters of recommendation that will carry weight with future employers or graduate and professional schools.
  • Research is fun

To sign up for research:

  • Decide how many hours a week you would like to spend doing research. The rule of thumb is that each credit corresponds to 3-4 hours of laboratory time per week.
  • Choose the person or persons with whom you might like to work. A list of faculty members and a brief indication of each faculty member’s research appears at the bottom of this page.
  • Make an appointment with and talk to the faculty member whose work interests you. As you go through this process, remember that sometimes a faculty member is unable to take a student for reasons having nothing to do with the student’s abilities – the lab may be full; the professor may be going on leave. Don’t take a refusal personally and don’t be discouraged – talk to another faculty member.
  • When things have been worked out, complete the Application Form for Undergraduate Research. Then
    • have the form signed by your Research Advisor
    • have the form signed by the Undergraduate Vice Chair
    • return the form to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator (Room 143, Wright-Rieman Laboratories)

You will receive a special permission number and instructions for registration.

If you would like additional information, please call (848) 445-2604 or email.

Undergraduate Research Projects

Professor Research Area Research Project
Asefa, Tewodros (Teddy) Inorganic, Materials Multifunctional Nanomaterials for Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs & Synthesis of high-surface area multifunctional nanoporous materials for catalysis and photocatalysis
Baum, Jean Biological Characterizing the Mechanism of Aggregation of Proteins that are Involved in Neurodegenerative Disease
Brennan, John Organic Structural Informatics Application in Actinide/Rare Earth Chemistry
Case, David Biological, Theory Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proteins and Nucleic Acids
Castner, Jr., Edward W. Materials, Physical Physical and chemical properties of ionic liquids: novel materials for energy-related applications
Dismukes, Charles Inorganic, Materials, Physical Renewable Energy, Bioenergy and Biofuel Applications
Ebright, Richard H. Biological Bacterial RNA Polymerase
Garfunkel, Eric L. Physical Nanoscience, Thin Films and Surfaces
Goldman, Alan Inorganic, Organic Organometallic chemistry: Synthetic, mechanistic and/or computational
Greenblatt, Martha Inorganic, Materials Synthesis and Characterization of New Inorganic Transition Metal Oxides
Herzog, Greg Inorganic, Physical Measuring the Ages of Meteorite Grains
Hinch, Jane Materials, Physical Simulate Ion Trajectories in a New Mass Spectrometer Design
Jimenez, Leslie Organic Synthesis of 2,8-dihydroxyadenine in three steps from 4,6-diamino-2-mercaptopyrimidine
Khare, Sagar D. Biological Computational Design of Novel Enzymes and Small Molecule Binding Proteins
Knapp, Spencer Organic Organic Synthesis and New Drug Delivery Systems
Lee, Jeehiun Katherine Biological, Organic, Physical, Theory Bioorganic and Organic Reactivity
Lee, Ki-Bum Biological, Inorganic, Physical Develop Nanomaterial-based Approaches to Control and Modulate Cellular Behaviors of Stem and Cancer Cells
Li, Jing Inorganic, Materials Synthesis Characterization of New Materials for Energy Related Applications
Marcotrigiano, Joseph Biological, Physical Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
Olson, Wilma K. Biological, Theory Genetic Information Encoded in DNA
O’Carroll, Deirdre Inorganic, Materials, Physical Surface Plasmon Amplification using High-Gain Organic Semiconductors
Romsted, Laurence S. Organic Non-Covalent Intermolecular Interactions that Control the Self-Assembly of Surfactant Molecules
Taylor, John Organic Aggregated Insoluble Structures Called Beta Fibrils
Uhrich, Kathryn Materials, Organic Novel Polymers for Biomedical Applications
Warmuth, Ralf Organic Multi-Component Assembly of Molecular Containers and Nanocapsules
Williams, Lawrence J. Organic New Methods and Strategies of Chemical Synthesis
York, Darrin M. Theory Develop and Apply Theoretical and Computational Methods to Study the Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms of RNA Molecules