Our department boasts an active and vibrant undergraduate research program. In addition to receiving course credit for participating in independent research, our students gain invaluable experience in planning and implementing experiments, analyzing data, troubleshooting, and presenting their accomplishments in both informal and professional settings.

Involvement with research projects are not only directly applicable to successful careers in chemical research, but also in post-graduate work and other employment opportunities where critical thinking, analytical skills, and the application of theory to practice are valued.

Undergraduate Co-Authored Research Papers

Undergraduates are very often credited for contributing key experimental results and insights to a project that is later published as a research paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

  • S. Luo, A. J. Kuhn, I. Castano, C. Castro, and W. L. Karney,* "Hydrogen Shifts in Aryl Radicals and Diradicals: The Role of m-Benzynes," J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 314-322.
  • M. Y. Ng, B. M. Bryan, J. Nelson, and G. Meloni,* "Study of tert-Amyl Methyl Ether Low Temperature Oxidation Using Synchrotron Photoionization Spectroscopy," J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119, 8667-8682.
  • E. E. Irace, E. Brayfindley, G. A. Vinnacombe, C. Castro,* and W. L. Karney,* "Stone–Wales Rearrangements in Hydrocarbons: From Planar to Bowl-Shaped Substrates," J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 11718-11725.
  • E. Brayfindley, E. E. Irace, C. Castro, and W. L. Karney,"Stone-Wales Rearrangements in Polycyclic Hydrocarbons: a Computational Study", J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 3825-3831.
  • Chang, C.-C., Greaney, M., Nguyen, M., Moy, D., Liu, C., Dancer, J., Margerum, L. D.
    "PAMAM dendrimers on controlled pore glass: The effect of tethered dendrimer size and tethered affinity groups NTA and terpy on metal ion and indicator dye uptake", Inorg. Chim. Acta 2014, 409, Part A (0), 127-136
  • Martin Y. Ng, Jordan Nelson, Craig A. Taatjes, David L. Osborn, and Giovanni Meloni
    "Synchrotron Photoionization Study of Mesitylene Oxidation Initiated by Reaction with Cl (2P) or O (3P) Radicals", J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 3735-3748 (2014)
  • Elizabeth Cochran and Giovanni Meloni
    "Hypervalence in Monoxides and Dioxides of Superalkali Clusters"", J. Chem. Phys. 140, 204319/1-204319/13 (2014)
  • M. B. Pastor, A. J. Kuhn, P. T. Nguyen, M. V. Santander, C. Castro, W. L. Karney
    "Hydrogen Shifts and Benzene Ring Contractions in Phenylenes", J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2013, 26, 750. (invited article for special issue on ISRIUM 2012)

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Undergraduate Awards

Our undergraduate researchers have been the recipients of a variety of awards based on their research.

  • Arthur Furst Award - Open to all undergraduates at USF.
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship - National competition for sophomores and juniors.
  • American Chemical Society Awards - Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Travel Grant - National competition for graduate and undergraduate women chemists to travel to an ACS national meeting.
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Award - National competition for undergraduates with an outstanding academic record majoring in the sciences, engineering, and medicine.

Undergraduate Presentations at Professional Meetings

Our students regularly present at annual American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meetings.

Contact Info

Department of Chemistry

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Harney Science Center 353 (415) 422-6157 (415) 422-5157