2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in Chemistry

Purpose: The intent of the undergraduate research summer research program in Chemistry is to give UTC Chemistry Majors an intense research experience while stimulating and enhancing chemical research at UTC. The research groups will consist of pairings of one UTC chemistry major with one Chemistry faculty member. Projects originated by the faculty member of each of these research teams will be pursued. Research skills will be developed as progress toward experimental objectives is made.

Format: Students will receive a $4000 stipend for ten weeks of full time participation during the Summer of 2017. Individual research teams will have some flexibility in scheduling this activity. Periodic group meetings of participants will be held throughout the summer. Furthermore, the student researchers are expected to give two presentations.  The first presentation will involve a brief 5 minute introduction to the project, and the second presentation will be at the conclusion of the 10 week program where final results will be presented. Formal written reports will be submitted by students at the end of the summer. It is expected that the Spring and Fall of 2017 will allow time for preparation for and continuation of research.

Eligibility: All UTC chemistry majors are encouraged to apply but preference shall be given to students who are rising seniors and have completed at least 24 hours in chemistry. Grades, interest in chemistry and the judgment of the participating faculty, who will form the selection committee, shall be considered. Student research interests will also be used as a criterion for selection and for matching students to projects. Applications from women, minority, and physically handicapped students are strongly encouraged.

Proposed Projects: Each professor listed below has a proposed research project. Please click on the projects titles to read more about the research. Should you wish to find out more about particular projects please contact the respective authors, either in person, or by emailing them.



Contact Email

Dr. Titus Albu Computational and Experimental Research on Quinone Reactivity Titus-Albu@utc.edu
Dr. Jisook Kim Journey to Biochemical & Toxicological Research Jisook-Kim@utc.edu
Dr. Kyle Knight Synthesis of Novel Rigid-­‐Core DendrimerNanostructures Kyle-Knight@utc.edu
Dr. John Lee Development of Transition Metal Complexes for Breaking Unreactive Chemical Bonds John-Lee@utc.edu
Dr. Han Park Photoacoustic Spectroscopy: Light in and Sound out Hanjung-Park@utc.edu
Dr. Tom Rybolt Modeling Carbon Nanotubes Assemblies for Delivery of Anticancer Therapeutics Tom-Rybolt@utc.edu
Dr. Steven Symes Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Phospholipids Steven-Symes@utc.edu

Application: Applications are due Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Students will be informed of their status by the end of the semester. Students selected for participation will be told with which project and faculty member they have been matched, and planning of research activities will be started by the individual teams.

Acknowledgment: This activity is made possible by the generous bequests of Dr. and Mrs. Irvine Grote. It is hoped that activities such as this will be a credit to the department they loved so well and an honor to their memory.   We also acknowledge valuable support for Westbrook Research Scholarships provide by Mr. Howard Lee Westbrook (residing in Fairhope, AL) who was a 1958 graduate of the Chemistry Dept.  Mr. Westbrook had a long and successful career with Shell Oil Company.


We strongly recommend that you speak with the research faculty members whom you wish to work with prior to completing and submitting your application.


Click to Complete and Submit 2017 URP Application, Due October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM