All students also have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research projects through the University's UExplore Undergraduate Research Program. Through UExplore, students can receive up to $1,000 for research supplies during fall and spring semesters; or up to $2,000 in research funds, a stipend of $3,500, and free housing for 10 weeks for summer research.
A few examples of ongoing faculty research projects include:
- Analytical or Environmental Chemistry - the development of multi-antibody immunoaffinity separation platforms and heavy metal determination in the local environment
- Biochemistry - the study of an enzyme that may play a role in insulin resistance and diabetes
- Inorganic Chemistry - the synthesis of catalysts for the production of hydrogen fuel
- Organic Chemistry - the development of new methods for solid-phase synthesis of organic molecules
- Physical Chemistry - the development of multiple laser techniques for the study of highly excited electronic states of molecules
2014 Summer Research
This summer the department had 10 students working on undergraduate research projects in the areas of analytical, inorganic, synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry. Three students worked with Dr. Lampkins. Abby pioneered the synthesis of a first-in-class "smart therapeutic" designed to target, treat and detect disease. Steph established a synthetic methodology to streamline the synthesis of a novel family of beta-secretase inhibitor prodrugs for Alzheimer's treatment. And Michelle explored a novel, amino acid-derived chemical scaffold for synthesis of a natural product antibiotic.
Two students worked with Dr. Todsapon. Both Andrea and Matt synthesized various nickel and ruthenium-containing catalysts to be used for transfer hydrogenation reactions that will transform inexpensive compounds derived from biomass into valuable chemicals.
Dr. Kaufman had two students, Christina and Dalton, working with him this summer. They used ambient ionization techniques coupled with tandem mass spectrometry to profile naturally occurring compounds present on the surfaces and inside the leaves of trees in the salicaceae family.
Dr. Slade had three students working in his lab. Maggie made a series of compounds that she will use for the development of new strategies for making cyclopentanes. Jackson made significant progress toward the development of a bi-functional monomer for use in polymerization reactions. And Nick worked with new methods for controlling the stereocemistry of nucleophilic addition reactions.
All ten students worked for 10 weeks in the lab; funding was provided by the University of Evansville, the Chemistry Department (through generous endowments from alumni and faculty) and from an Eli Lilly Undergraduate Research Grant.