Senior Thesis Projects in Chemistry

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Chemistry:

“atTACN Hyperoxaluria with Progress Towards the Synthesis of the Novel Ligand Bn2TCMA” by Katriana Nugent

Investigating the Role Of RNA Helicase A in Endogenous Small Interfering RNA Pathways in Caenorhabditis elegans” by Christian Ortiz

Reactive Oxygen Species Likely Induce Pro-Inflammatory Gene Transcription and P53 Activity Following Oxygen-Glucose Deprivation in Cultured Microglia” by David Hartmann

Partial Synthesis of Fe(III) - Tetraamido Macrocyclic Ligands as Potential Green Oxidation Catalysts” by Eric Andreansky

TACN and jibing toward synthetic models of oxalate degrading metalloenzymes” by Erinn Brigham

The Microwave Spectroscopy of Small Molecules with Methyl Rotors” by Ian Finneran

Bdippza: Synthesis and Metal Complexes of a New Monoanionic [N20] Heteroscorpionate Ligand” by Benjamin Kriegel

Mn-doped (CdS)ZnS Quantum Dots as Sensitizers for Sensitized Solar Cells” by Kaitlin Lovering

The Search for MicroRNAs Encoded by the Influenza A Virus” by Kathleen Maxwell

Ebbs and Glows: Quantifying Small RNA Concentrations in C. elegans” by Richard Decal

The Purification and Charachterization of C. elegans Cytoplasmic Malate Dehydrogerase” by Wei Gu

Exogenous Expression of DNA Pilot Protein H with Mutated Colied-Coil Domains Inhibits Bacteriophage ΦX174” by Lindsey Young

Towards the Synthesis of 1,4-Dibenzyl-1,4,7-Triazacyclononane-7-Monoacetate for a Potential Mimic of Oxalate Degrading Enzymes” by Alexandria Liang

Microwave Spectroscopy of Mono-Substituted Benzenes at Room Temperature” by Benjamin Reinhold

Reactions of Magnesium and Zinc Salts with Acetol and Carbon Dioxide as Models for Catalysis by Rubisco” by Julie Elena Horowitz

Partial Synthesis of Novel Ligands for the Catalytic Activation of Hydrogen Peroxide in Pursuit of Green Oxidative Chemistry” by Daniel Kaplan

Synthesis of an NLO Active Organic Molecule” by Nikash Patel

Using Real-Time RT-PCR to Measure the Changes in the Expression of Caenorhabditis Elegans Genes Involved in the Regulation of "Free" Iron and Defense Against Oxidative Stress.” by Steven Pauff

Synthesis of Novel Ligands Towards the Goal of Superoxide Dismutase Synzymes” by Robert Schmidt

Purification and Characterization of C. elegans Malate Dehydrogenase with the Use of Deae Ion-Exchange, Affinity and Gel Exclusion Chromatography” by Christopher Shanks

Design and Partial Synthesis of N, NBis(2-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)ethyl)-3-aminopropanamide for Potential Autism Chelation Therapy” by Jonathan Breidbord

Short Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonds: Derivatives of Malonaldehyde with Symmetrical Substituents” by Jacqueline Hargis

Sythesis of the Ligand 1,4,7-Triazacyclononane-Monopropionate for a Potential Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Mimic” by Simone E. Novaes-Card

A Study of RNA Helicase A Expression in Caenorhabditis elegans Using a rha-l-gfp Reporter” by Eugenia Samoilova

Post Flow-Through Experiment Characterization of Volcanic Tuff and Carbonate Rock Cores from the Nevada Test Site: Implications for Sm, U, Np, and Pu Transport” by Justin R. Walensky

Choices in Green Chemistry” by Mary Whelan

Analysis of the ATPase Activity of C. elegans RNA Helicase A” by Cynthia Marie Griffin

Synthesis of NLO-Active Amphiphiles and Incorporation into Polyelectrolyte Multilayers” by Analiz Rodriguez

Ligand Synthesis for a Potential Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Mimic” by Ellen L. Wolfgang

Synthesis and Characterization of Three Monoaza-9-Crown-3 Derivatives” by Eric Anthony Hill

Identification and Kinetic Studies of the Reaction Between Mg (O3SCF3)2 and Acetol: A Model for the First Step in the Catalytic Pathway of RuBisCO” by Korin E. Wheeler

Malate Dehydrogenase: Cloning, Purification, and Characterization” by Danny Steve Gonz├ílez

Towards a Biochemical Basis for Mood Disorders: Regulation of the G Protein, Gg, By Tyrosine Phosphorylation in a Human Neuroblastoma Cell Line, Sh-SY5Y and Rat Brain” by Maame Brodwemaba Nketsiah

Subcloning Purification and Partial Characterization of Malate Dehydrogenase from C. elegans” by Ira Do

Overexpression of the RG-Rich Binding Domain of C. elegans RNA Helicase A and RNA Binding Measurements of C. elegans and E.Coli RNA Binding Proteins” by Yuliya Kislyak


New College faculty members in Chemistry and Biochemistry have doctorates from University of Wisconsin, MIT, Berkeley and Cornell University and have earned grants from a variety of national and international agencies.

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