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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an integral part of a student's experience in chemistry and biochemistry at Stetson University. Students have available to them a wide array of state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation, synthetic and computational laboratory facilities, and expert faculty to assist them with their research projects. Resources include a brand new 400 MHz JEOL NMR spectrometer (bought with funds from the National Science Foundation and the Rinker Foundation) and completely updated lab facilities (also funded by the National Science Foundation).

For information on applying for undergraduate research funding, be sure to visit the SURE (Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience) program's website. For information regarding presenting your undergraduate research at the annual Stetson Showcase, you will want to check out that program's website.

Laboratory Laboratory

Pictured above: Student undergraduate research laboratories in Sage Science Center

Many of our students present their research with faculty members at regional and national meetings, such as the meetings of the American Chemical Society. Below are some recent students who have presented their research:

Research Presentation

Becky Levine and Dr. Grubbs at the 2011 national ACS meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Research Presentation

Jen Chou Wang at the 2011 national ACS meeting in Anaheim, Calif.


Jacob Geri at the 2011 national ACS meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Some recent undergraduate publications (Stetson University students are italicized):

  • Jennifer N. Hennigan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "The Periodic Pyramid," Journal of Chemical Education 2013, 90, 1003.
  • Jacob B. Geri, Naomi C. Pernicone and John T. York, "Comparing the Impact of Different Supporting Ligands on Copper(I)-Ethylene Interactions." Polyhedron (Special 100th Anniversary of Alfred Werner Nobel Prize Edition), 2013, 52, 207.
  • Naomi C. Pernicone, Jacob. B. Geri and John. T. York, "Examining the Impact of Ancillary Ligand Basicity on Copper(I)-Ethylene Binding Interactions: A DFT Study." Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 2012, 131, 1105.
  • Naomi C. Pernicone, Jacob B. Geri and John T. York, "Using a Combination of Experimental and Computational Methods to Explore the Impact of Metal Identity and Ligand Field Strength on the Electronic Structure of Metal Ions". Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, 88, 1323.
  • Ashley L. Morris and John T. York, "Quantifying the Electron Donating Strength of Phosphine Ligands". Journal of Chemical Education, 2009, 86, 1408-1411.
  • Megan E. Lewis, Rebecca M. Levine, John T. York and W. Tandy Grubbs, "A Quick and Accurate Oxygen Based Pressure Sensor Assay for Measurement of Catalase Activity," Journal of Chemical Education, 2009, 86, 1227.
  • William R. Furlong, Michael R. Quackenbush and Ramee Indralingam, "What is that Colorless Solution? A Qualitative Analysis Laboratory Experiment", Journal of Chemical education, 2009.
  • Kevin M. Maloney, Emmanuel M. Quiazon and Ramee Indralingam, "Measurement of Iron in Egg Yolk: An Instrumental Analysis Experiment using Biochemical Principles", Journal of Chemical Education, 2008, 85, 399.
  • Sarah E. Caudill and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Interferometric Measurements of Refractive Index Dispersion in Polymers over the Visible and Near-Infrared Spectral Range," Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2006, 100, 65.
  • Namika Nakagawa, William R. Furlong and Ramee Indralingam, "A Low-Cost Pump Assembly for the Spectrophotometric Detection of the Color Change of an Indicator", Chemical Educator, 2004, 9, 102.