Research in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department is composed of faculty from a broad array of backgrounds and expertise to provide a high quality, personal academic environment, underlined by an active undergraduate research experience that is the hallmark of our chemistry program. Under the direction and guidance of a faculty member, students actively engage in competitive and publishable scientific research projects.  With the support of external grants (e.g. NSF, NIH, The Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corp), the students are able to access and operate a range of research quality instrumentation, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, CD spectrometer and Molecular Kinetics Stopped Flo Apparatus, Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser, Ultra-High Vacuum apparatus, Inert atmosphere glove box, Near IR-Vis-UV spectrometers, etc.  In addition, the Department of Chemistry was chosen twice as a site for undergraduate research under the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program (1998-2000 and 2003-‘06).
Since the year 2000, three of our students have received the nationally competitive and widely esteemed Goldwater Scholarship.  One of these students was likewise awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship which is one of the highest awards of national achievement for an undergraduate student.  A number of our students have gone on to succeed in recognized graduate chemistry research programs in the nation, such as Cornell, Stanford, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia Institute of Technology, UGA, University of Colorado, and the like. In this last year several of our students have gone into graduate programs at places such as Berkeley University, University of Texas, and the University of Utah.  Similarly, our premedical students have achieved strong standing in such well known medical programs at Emory, Johns Hopkins, Mercer, Georgia Regents University and with full scholarships to Duke and Vanderbilt University.

by an active undergraduate research experience that is the hallmark of our chemistry program. Under the direction and guidance of a faculty member, students actively engage in competitive and publishable scientific research projects.  With the support of external grants (e.g. NSF, NIH, The Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corp), the students are able to access and operate a range of research quality instrumentation, including a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, CD spectrometer and Molecular Kinetics Stopped Flo Apparatus, Nd:YAG-pumped dye laser, Ultra-High Vacuum apparatus, Inert atmosphere glove box, Near IR-Vis-UV spectrometers, etc.  In addition, the Department of Chemistry was chosen twice as a site for undergraduate research under the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program (1998-2000 and 2003-‘06).
Since the year 2000, three of our students have received the nationally competitive and widely esteemed Goldwater Scholarship.  One of these students was likewise awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship which is one of the highest awards of national achievement for an undergraduate student.  A number of our students have gone on to succeed in recognized graduate chemistry research programs in the nation, such as Cornell, Stanford, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia Institute of Technology, UGA, University of Colorado, and the like. In this last year several of our students have gone into graduate programs at places such as Berkeley University, University of Texas, and the University of Utah.  Similarly, our premedical students have achieved strong standing in such well known medical programs at Emory, Johns Hopkins, Mercer, Georgia Regents University and with full scholarships to Duke and Vanderbilt University.