2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

URP application submission is now closed. 

Selected participants will be notified by the end of Fall 2018 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 2019. 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. Students and faculty will participate in URP sponsored activities throughout the 10 weeks.

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 faculty name 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. Jared Pienkos       "Organometallic Chemistry for Catalysis, Medical Imaging, and Drug Design"

Dr. Wang-Yong Yang "Discovery of small molecules selectively binding to (CGG)exp

Dr. Joshua Hamblen "Fundamental Nuclear Physics Research with the Nab Experiment at Oak Ridge
                                      National Laboratory"                    

Dr. Kyle Knight           "Developing New Green Chemistry through Mechanistic Analysis"    

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

Dr. Han Park               "Photoacoustic Spectroscopy: Light in and Sound out
                                       Building a Photoacoustic Thermometer"     

Dr. Gretchen Potts     "Detection of Organic Gunshot Residues on Silicon Bracelets"   

Dr. Luis Sanchez         "Stability of proteins and viscosity of active colloids"    

Dr. Manuel Santiago "Regulation of Pyrimidine Enzymes in Cells of Pseudomonas species"      

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.