The bedrock of science is experimentation and observation. Research cannot be taught; it must be done. Undergraduate student research is an important link between the classroom and graduate school research and is a key ingredient in the training of scientists.
Undergraduate student research under the supervision of a chemistry professor allows students to work on real scientific problems. Students experience the difficulties of devising and performing experiments to probe the unknown. They are given the opportunity to taste the thrill of discovery and to share their work through presentations at the American Chemical Society, the Tennessee Academy of Science, the APSU Research Forum, and similar meetings of scientists.
Some of the current research topics or areas are briefly described below. For more information visit the homepage of the instructor or contact the instructor via the e-mail address provided.
Dr. Carrie Brennan. e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Electrochemistry, environmental chemistry
Dr. Bob Shelton. e-mail address: email@example.com
Organic, computational chemistry, chemical education
Dr. Lisa Sullivan. e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer is an excellent time to do research. To learn more about an REU, go here to see information from an APSU student lecture by Lance Baird. Summer REU's can be applied toward your APSU chemistry degree. Contact the department chair or your chemistry advisor for more information.
The Presidential Research Scholars program encourages undergraduate research at APSU. This competitive program gives $3,000 awards for faculty and student stipends and other support of a research plan. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website and click on Funding $$$ > PRS Program.