Current Topics Course, CHEM 692R
There are six 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 (2019-20) are:
- Synthesis and Chemical Biology
- Catalysis or Functional Materials
- Instrument and Method Development
|Biochemistry Sec 1||Organic and Inorganic Synthesis Sec 2||Catalysis or Functional Materials Sec 3||
Instrument Development Sec 4
|W142 James Moody||W141 Merritt Andrus||
|C107 Adam Wooley||
W010 Matthew Asplund
W012 Ryan Kelly
|13 Jan||Supeshala Sarath - (LP) JDM||Diego Moya - (LP) SLC||Elaura Gustafson - (LP) DEA||Clayton Moss - (LP) JAJ||Lavender Lin - (LP) JCP|
|27 Jan||Rebecca Viazzo - (APR) PVR, RKW, JCP, Reynolds||Reuben Dass - (LP) MAP||Kelton Forson - (LP) DJM||Keith Willes - (APR) WFP, Tree, ATW, MRL||Giovanna Pope - (LP) JKH|
|3 Feb||Pramoda Athotha Gamage - (LP) JLA||Jatinder Singh - (APR) SLC, MBA, KAC, JLP||Hans Anderson - (LP) KJS||Joule Esene - (APR) ATW, Nordin, JCH, WFP||Shane Drake - (LP) JEP||Daniel Call - (APR) KAC, JCP, PVR, Weber|
|10 Feb||Yejin Kwon - (LP) WFP||Josiah Lindlow - (APR) PBS, DVD, JLP, RGH, Krakowiak||Josh Wheeler - (APR) DHE, JAJ, ETS, JEP||Jacob Brent Nielsen - (LP) ATW||Enoch Ho - (LP) JAJ||Andikan Nwosu - (APR) RTK, PVR, JCP, Payne|
|24 Feb||Trevor Godfrey - (LP) RKW||Shawn Gubler - (LP) PBS||Dallin Scott - (LP) WFP||Yiran Liang - (APR) RTK, ATW, JCP, Payne||Luther Wang - (LP) JKH||Daniel Call - (LP) KAC|
|2 Mar||Aaron Zaugg - (LP) PBS||Collan Moore - (LP) SLC||Tina Heravi - (LP) DVD||Praneeth Hettikankanange - (LP) DEA||Nathan Zuniga - (LP) JCP|
|9 Mar||Parag Laljibhai Gajjar - (APR) JDM, BMW, JCP, JLP||Maruir Rodriguez Moreno - (LP) DJM||Abraham de la Cruz - (LP) DEA||Nicholas Prestwich - (LP) ETS||Nathaniel Axtell - (LP) RTK|
|16 Mar||Brian James Hilton - (LP) PBS||Adam Wayment - (LP) DJM||Yesman Akuoko -(APR) ATW, WFP, RTK, Pitt||Clayton Moss - (APR) JAJ, JCH, ETS||Naomi Flindt - (LP) RKW|
|23 Mar||Josh Tseng - (APR) JDM, DJM, DHE, Della Corte||JD Singleton - (LP) MAP||George Major - (APR) MRL, JCH, Lunt, WFP||Jamir Shrestha - (LP) DVD||Matthew Rathgeber - (APR) PVR, JCP, JDM, Weber|
|30 Mar||Shelby Harris - (APR) RKW, JCP, KAC, Kooyman||Peter Mpaata - (APR) MBA, SLC, JLP, RKW||Rusty Denton - (LP) JCP||Aldair Alejandro - (APR) JAJ, ETS, JEP, ATW||Kei Webber - (LP) RTK|
|6 Apr||Tyler Benson - (LP) WFP||Alexandra Larson - (LP) DJM||Radhya Weligama Gamage - (APR) DEA, JCH, RTK, ETS||Andrew Arslanian - (LP) DVD||Ashley Markham - (APR) PVR, JCP, RKW, Reynolds|
|13 Apr||Sara Soleimani - (APR) JDM, KAC, PVR, JLP||Erin Martinez - (APR) DJM, SLC, DHE, MCA||Chao Pang - (APR) ATW, RTK, JCP, Nordin||Alexander Farnsworth - (LP) JEP|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Annual Reviews: During fall and winter semester, students 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.