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Student Research

Our Chemistry majors do their senior research project either with one of the department's faculty, with a researcher at one of the local research institutions (University of Tennessee at Memphis or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital), or during the summer with a researcher in an undergraduate research program at some major research institution (University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, Southern Mississippi University, to name a few).

This spring (2012), the Senior Chemistry and Biochemistry majors presented the results of their undergraduate research at the 34th Annual Student Members of the American Chemical Society Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting held at The University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee on Saturday, April 14, 2012. With 11 different student presentations, Christian Brothers University was recognized for having the largest number of presentations at the meeting. Following the banquet, Dr. Stanley E. Manahan, a recognized leader in Environmental Chemistry presented the Keynote address “Green Chemistry: Sustainability and the Environmental Chemistry Connection”. Dr. Dennis Merat accompanied the seniors on the trip.

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Research is an important component of our Chemistry and Biochemistry degree programs. Students perform their research in a variety of locations, both in the United States and abroad; and many have received prestigious fellowships and grants. Recent recipients of these awards include:

Larry Anderson, Chemistry and Biology 2012, was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant to conduct research at Virginia Commonwealth University during the Summer 2011.


Catherine Gluszek, Biochemistry 2012, received the 2011-2012 University of Tennessee Neuroscience Fellowship to study protein and mRNA levels in fear-conditioned mice in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Heldt at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN.


Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry 2013, worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with Dr. Y. S Prakash.


Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, and Xinyu von Buttlar, Biochemistry 2012, both received Pediatric Oncology Fellowship awards for Summer 2012 from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Riley Pace will work with Dr. Clinton Stewart in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Xinyu will work with Dr. Junmin Peng in the Department of Structural Biology.