Research

  • Shelley Naylor (CHM ’16) describes her work to Dr. Vlad Panin (Texas A&M) at the 2016 ASBMB National Meeting in San Diego, CA

  • The Swamp is a room managed by chemistry majors for their own use. Students can both relax and study here, as well as make and eat lunch.

  • David Eckre and Hannah Adkins show cultures of Rhodobacter sphaeroides in Dr. Kolling’s laboratory.

  • Students Samatha Garretson, Jordan Martinez, Noah Searls, Amanda Smythers, Aaron Holland, Ethan Adkins, and Eric Silas attending the Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in May 2016.

  • Nick Kegley (Biochemistry, ’17) describes his project to Dr. Robert Haltiwanger (UGA) at the 2016 ASBMB National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

  • Prof. Laura McCunn receives a Petroleum Research Fund grant to support her research on thermal decomposition of organic compounds that are relevant to combustion processes.

  • Chris presenting his research with Scott Day at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis.

  • Students in Dr. Laura McCunn’s physical chemistry course use bomb calorimetry equipment donated by Marathon Petroleum.
  • Marshall students with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins (center) at the 2016 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology national meeting in San Diego, CA. Left to right: Alexis Kastigar, Shelley Naylor, Collins, Nick Kegley, Brandon Murdock.

The Department of Chemistry encourages students to start research projects before their senior year, because undergraduate research helps students hone problem-solving skills, gain new knowledge, improve academic performance, and score higher on tests like the MCAT and the GRE. Students who participate in research as undergraduates are better prepared for graduate school, professional schools, and future careers, regardless of field. Many student researchers even co-author publications in professional journals or present their work at off-campus scientific meetings while they are still undergraduates.

The following links show Research Opportunities in the Department of Chemistry, information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and opportunities to obtain Financial Support for research participation:


Research Opportunities within the Department of Chemistry


Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Financial Support for Undergraduate Research