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Undergraduate Research

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Undergraduate chemistry majors are encouraged to engage in research during their time at WVU. You will receive academic credit by completing CHEM 497: Undergraduate Research.

One semester prior to the first semester of research, you should contact chemistry faculty to determine if there is an opportunity to do research in their lab. Once the student and the faculty member have agreed on the nature of the research, the time required each week (rule of thumb – 3 hours per week for every credit hour) and the number of credit hours, a form is completed and placed on file in the chemistry main office. The student may then register for CHEM 497.

List of Undergraduate Research Projects

List of undergraduate research projects (pdf)

Dr. Brian Dolinar

  • Inorganic chemistry

Dr. Gregory Dudley

  • Enabling Technology for Chemical Synthesis
  • Organic Synthesis for Future Medicines

Dr. Fabien Goulay

  • Lasers applied to gas-phase chemistry
  • Heterogeneous oxidation of nanoparticles

Dr. Lisa Holland

  • Modular Capillary Electrophoresis and Capillary Liquid Chromatography
  • Bioanalytical Separations
  • Biochemical Markers of Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Jessica Hoover

  • Organic and Inorganic Synthesis

  • Organometallic Catalysis
Developing New C-C Bond Forming Reactions Using Tranistion Metal Catalysts

Dr. Justin Legleiter

  • Understanding How Biological Surfaces Modulate Protein
  • Aggregation Associated with Neurodegenerative Diseases – Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Disease
  • Application of atomic force microscopy to atomic force microscopy technique development.

Dr. Blake Mertz

  • Computational Biophysics of Membrane Proteins
  • Molecular Docking to Facilitate Drug Development

Dr. Carsten Milsmann

  • Inorganic Synthesis and Photocatalysis
  • Development of Photoluminescent Compounds Using Earth-Abundant Elements
  • Photocatalytic Activation of Small Molecules for Solar Fuel Production and Green Chemistry Applications

Dr. Brian Popp

  • Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis
  • Organometallic Catalysis
  • Enantioselective Catalysis and Functional Materials relying on Supramolecular Principles

Dr. Richards-Babb

  • Novel Experiments for Large Enrollment General Chemistry Classes

Dr. Bjorn Soderberg

  • Organic Synthesis

Enrolling in Chemistry 497

All students in CHEM 497 are expected to submit a written report about their research at the end of the semester. A copy of the report must be submitted to the faculty in charge of CHEM 497.

Biochemistry students are required to perform undergraduate research as part of their degree program. Students are encouraged to start undergraduate research in the junior or senior years, and are advised to identify and contact potential faculty research mentors early.

Procedure for enrolling in Chemistry 497 - Research

Safety Rules and Regulations for Undergraduate Researchers

WVU Office of Undergraduate Research

Information about undergraduate research opportunities at WVU can be found at