Chemistry and Biochemistry

Current Topics Course, CHEM 692R

There are four to five sections of CHEM 692R, each with a different theme. Each student (under the supervision of their advisor and committee) should register for one of the sections each year based on the current topic of their research. Themes could change annually. The current themes (2018-19) are:

Fall 2018 -- Class is held on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. Section members' literature presentations (LP) and proposal defenses (PD) for 3rd years are listed. **Please check back during the next few weeks. The schedule may change slightly**



Section 1


Organic and Inorganic Synthesis  

Section 2


Catalysis or Functional Materials

Section 3

Instrument Development

Section 4



Section 5

James Moody / W141 Steve Castle / W012  Dan Ess / W009 Adam Woolley / C107 Jeremy Johnson / W010
10-Sep LP: Russell Denton LP: Jacob Parkman
17-Sep LP: Daniel Poole

LP: Concordia Lo

LP: Tianzuo Xu

PD: Dhruv Shah/ MRL, DJM, JCH, DVD, Lunt LP: Jamir Shrestha

LP: Theresa Smith

LP: Reuben Dass LP: Hans Anderson LP: Andrew Arslanian LP: Tina Heravi

LP: Roshan Loku

LP: Eddie Lee

LP: Kelton Forson LP: Elaura Gustafson

LP: Colten McEwan

LP: Alexander Ramos

LP: Abraham De la Cruz


LP: Chrissy Egbert

LP: Daniel Joaquin

APR: Shila Chatterjee/ MRL, DVD, JCH, Lunt, DEA LP: Clayton Moss

LP: Yujin Kwon


PD: Tensmeyer, Nicole/ BMW, JLA, Shen

LP: Diego Moya

PD: Brandon Turner/ DEA, DVD, JCH, ETS, Radebaugh

PD: Haifa Almughamsi/ ATW, JLA, JCP, KAC, SRG

PD: Concordia Lo/ SLC, JLA, DJM, JLP, MBA

LP: Dulashani Ranasinghe


LP: Supeshala Sarath

LP: Isaac Smith

PD: DJ Patel/ MRL, DJM, JCH, DVD, Lunt

PD: Brittany Knighton/ JAJ, ETS, JEP, MCA, Hart

LP: Sam Gerard


PD: Grant Ludlam/ BMW, JCP, KAC, JLA, Shen

PD: Steven Draper/ JLP, SLC, MAP, DJM, KAC, PBS PD: Nitish Bhardwaj/ JCH, DEA, MRL, SRG, RGH

PD: Eddie Lee/ KAC, BMW, JCP, JLA, RKW

LP: JD Singleton

LP: Tianyao Meng

PD: Basu Aryal/ ATW, MRL, BFW, Harb, Davis

LP: Naomi Flindt


PD: Theresa Smith/ BMW, KAC, PBS, JCP, JLA

PD: Qiang Xiao/ JLP, DJM, SLC, MAP, KAC PD: David Harris/ ATW, DEA, JCH, Hawkins, Pitt LP: Tahereh Gholian
3-Dec LP: Haifa Almughamsi PD: Tianyao Meng/ PBS, DJM, SLC, JLP, JCP APR: Varun Jain/ MRL, DVD, JCH, Lunt, DEA PD: Kaylee Rellaford/ JEP, MCA, ETS, JAJ, Homer
10- Dec PD: Colten McEwan/ JLA, KAC, JCP, BMW, Alder PD: Seth Taylor/ PBS, SLC, DJM, JLP, RKW PD: Ryan Carlsen/ DHE, DJM, KJS, BFW, JAJ

LP: Praneeth Hettikankanange

Winter 2019 -- Class is held on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. Section members' literature presentations (LP) and annual progress reviews (APR) for continuing students are listed.



Section 1


Organic and Inorganic Synthesis  

Section 2


Catalysis or Functional Materials

Section 3


Instrument Design

Section 4



Section 5


Josh Andersen / W142 BNSN David Michaelis / W141 BNSN Kara Stowers / W005 BNSN Daniel Austin / C107 BNSN Jeremy Johnson / W006 BNSN
11- Jan

LP: Daniel Call


APR: Roshan Loku/ JLA, BMW, PVR, JDM, Grose

LP: Brady James


APR: Brian Johnson/ MRL, ATW, KJS, RGH, Davies

APR: Hadi Nazari/ DJM, DHE, JLP, SLC, RGH

LP: Brandon Turner


LP: Joule Esene

APR: Tina Heravi/ DVD, JCH, ETS, ATW

LP: Radhya Weligama


APR: Mary Vallecillo/ PMV, JLA, BMW, JCP, D.Thomson

LP: Kyle Clark


APR: Reuben Dass/ MAP, MBA, JLA

APR: Hans Anderson/ KJS, ETS, DEA, MRL, Vanfleet

LP: Basu Aryal


APR: Jiewen Shen/ DVD, JCH, RGH, DEA, JCP

APR: Gabriel Valdivia/ DJM, MCA, JEP, JAJ, JLP

LP: Shelby Harris


APR: Daniel Poole/ JLA, JCP, KAC, JDM, Tessem

LP: Peter Mpaata


APR: Alexander Ramos/ SLC, MAP, JCP, MBA, SRB

LP: Jimmy Coombs

 LP: Abraham DelaCruz


APR: Andrew Arslanian/ DVD, JCH, DEA, MCA, RGH

LP: Ram Gurung


LP: Ashley Markham


APR: Yujin Kwon/ BMW, JLA, JCP, KAC, RKW

LP: Teron Haynie


APR: Isaac Smith/ MBA, DJM, SLC, PBS, RGH

LP: DJ Patel

LP: David Harris


APR: Cody Cushman/ MRL, DEA, ATW, Davis, Barry, Lunt

LP: Brittany Knighton

LP: Lavendar Lin


APR: Lavendar Lin/ JCP, KAC, JDM, JLP, Transtrum

LP: Erin Martinez


APR: Johnny Lynch/ RGH, KJS, DJM, RKW, Busath

APR: Dulashani Ranasinghe/ ATW, RGH, KJS, Harb, Davis APR: Praneeth Hettikankanange/ DEA, MRL, RTK, JAJ, JCH

LP: Rebecca Viazzo


APR: Jonard Valdoz/ JLA, PVR, BFW, BMW, KAC, Tessem

APR: Diego Moya/ SLC, MAP, DJM, JLP, SRB

LP: Hans Anderson

LP: Chao Pang


APR: Michael Beauchamp/ ATW, JCH, DEA, SRG Nordin

LP: Kaylee Rellaford

LP: Matthew Rathgeber


APR: Ashari Kannangara/ JAJ, BFW, KAC, JCP, PBF, D.Thomson

LP: Jacob Parkman/DJM


LP: Tina Ganguly/JLP

LP: Alejandro Aldair


APR: Emma Burrell/ JCH, JEP, DEA, DHE, DVD


LP: Parag Laljibhai Gajjar


APR: Supeshala Sarath/ JDM, BMW, KAC, JLA, JLP

LP: Josh Wheeler


APR: Kelton Forson/ DJM, MBA, SLC, KJS, DHE

LP: Thy Truong


LP: Yiran Liang

APR: Jamir Shrestha/ JCH, DVD, MCA, MRL, DEA, ATW

LP: Jonard Valdoz


APR: Jeremy Tsang/ JCP, JLA, KAC, Grose, Warnick

APR: Tianzuo Xu/ JLP, SLC, MAP, DJM, RKW


APR: Zheng Zhou/ KJS, BFW, RGH, DJM, Argyle

LP: Seth Taylor

LP: Keith Willes


APR: Elaura Gustafson/ DEA, JCH, DVD, RTK, WFP

LP: Chloe Chan

15-Mar No class No class No class

No class

No class

LP: Steven Christiansen


APR: Tsz Yin Chan/ JLA, RKW, BMW, JCP, KAC

LP: Jatinder Singh


APR: Robert Hanson/ ATW, JCP, GFB, Robinson, Pitt

  APR: Anna Nielson/ ATW, DEA, PBF, MRL, Nordin

APR: Doo Hyun Kwon/ DHE, KJS, DJM, BFW, RGH


LP: Yi Jie Tseng


APR: Chrissy Egbert/ JLA, BMW, PVR, JDM, RTK

 LP: Isaac Smith


APR: Michael Kinghorn/ DJM, JLP, MBA, SLC, JLA

LP: Dhruv Shah

APR: Tuhin Roychowdhury/ MRL, DVD, DEA, ATW, Davis


LP: Grant Ludlam


APR: Nicole Tensmeyer/ BMW, JLA, Shen

APR: Diana Saavedra Nova/ MBA, SLC, DJM, MAP, SRB

APR: Michael Beuchamp/ ATW, JCH, DEA, SRG, Nordin

APR: Russell Denton/ JCP, SWG, RKW, DEA, Transtrum


LP: Mary Vallecillo


APR: Richard Carson/ JCP, JLA, DVD, BMW, Piccolo

LP: Steven Draper


APR: Jacob Parkman/ DJM, SLC, JLP, MBA, JDM

APR: Justin Park/ KJS, BFW, DJM, SLC, Argyle

APR: Abraham DelaCruz/ DEA, ATW, MCA, JCH, DVD

LP: Andikan Nwosu


APR: Naomi Flindt/ RKW, RGH, JCP, JLA, Kooyman

APR: Anh Christine Nguyen Sorenson/ KJS, DJM, RGH, BFW, Chesnel


APR: Jiuzhi George Gao/ DEA, DVD, ATW, JCH, MCA


APR: Daniel Joaquin/ SLC, MAP, DJM, JLP, SRB

-          Reading the literature: During Fall and Winter semesters, a student (under the supervision of their advisor) selects a recent article (last 3 years) from a journal of their choice. They send this article to the students and faculty in the class at least one week prior to the class. Everyone is expected to read it prior to class. The student choosing the article writes a four-to-five question quiz (approved by the advisor) given during the first five minutes of the class. Students must pass 70% of the quizzes each semester to receive a passing grade in the class.

-          Literature presentation: The student choosing the article also prepares a 30-40 minute presentation to give during the class. The format of the presentation should be that of a seminar presentation, but questions are posed and addressed during the course of the presentation. The student will be evaluated on their presentation on a pass/fail basis by the faculty present in the class and must pass one presentation per year. Students are invited to come to class with insightful, stimulating questions about the paper.  As part of each class, up to three individuals can receive credit for a quiz if their questions are judged by the faculty present to be high quality and among the top three questions generated by the students.  

-          Writing component: The student choosing the article should also find and read at least two additional articles related to their chosen paper (such as a review article and an article cited by the paper). The student will write a one-page (single spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt font) summary of the topic based on the papers, comparing and contrasting their findings and conclusions, and submit it to the instructor before the presentation. The student is not required to include these additional articles directly in their presentation; the additional reading is intended to enhance the student’s understanding of the topic and ability to communicate it.

-          Research proposal presentations: Also in fall semester, students in the beginning of their 2nd or 3rd years present their research proposal. The committee members of the student are expected to attend. For proposal requirements, go to the program requirements webpage.

-          Annual Reviews: During winter semester, two students per week give their annual progress reviews. Each is expected to give a 15-20 minute talk with five minutes for questions.  The committee members of the students are expected to attend. For annual review requirements, go to the annual reviews webpage.

                                                                                                                                                                Updated 11-12-18