2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in

Chemistry and Physics

URP application submission is CLOSED.  

Selected participants will be notified by the end of Fall 2017 Semester.

Purpose: The intent of the undergraduate summer research program in Chemistry and Physics is to give our majors an intense research experience while stimulating and enhancing research at UTC. The research groups will consist of pairings of one major with one 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 2018. 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 2018 will allow time for preparation for and continuation of research.

Eligibility: All UTC chemistry and physics majors are encouraged to apply but preference shall be given to students who are rising seniors in the department and have completed at least 24 hours in their major. Grades, interest in the major 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.

Dr. Titu Albu                      Computational and Experimental Research on Quinone Reactivity

Dr. Joshua Hamblen         Fundamental Nuclear Physics Research with the Nab Experiment at Oak Ridge N. L.

Dr. Jisook Kim                   Journey to Biochemical & Toxicological Research: Dr. Kim’s Lab

Dr. Kyle Knight                 New Bismuth Catalysts for Organic Reactions in Aqueous solution

Dr. John Lee                      Development of Transition Metal Complexes for Breaking Unreactive Chemical Bonds

Dr. Han Park                      Photoacoustic Spectroscopy: Light in and Sound out

Dr. Gretchen Potts           False Positives: Organic Gunshot Residues at the Firing Range

Dr. Luis Sanchez               Diffusion and Viscosity in Biological Systems

Dr. Manuel Santiago          Effects of Minerals and Carbohydrates on Pyrimidine Metabolism

Dr. Steve Symes                 Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Phospholipids


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 from the Physics Funds and the 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.