Chemistry and Biochemistry

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 semester based on the current topic of their research. Themes could change annually. 

GS YEAR FALL 692R WINTER 692R Spring Summer Fall
1st LP
1st year students will have an APR at the end of August
2nd LP APR
4th APR
5th and above graduate student needs to coordinate with committee to schedule APR IF they do not defend
LP=Literature Presentation (No committee needed; 2/week can be scheduled if necessary)
PRO=Proposal (entire committee should be present; functions also as APR) APR=Annual Progress Review (entire committee should be present)


Fall 2021



Sec 1

Organic and Inorganic Synthesis

Sec 2

Instrument Development

Sec 4


Sec 5


Sec 6



Josh Andersen


Paul Savage


Ryan Kelly


Eric Sevy


JC Price

  3:00-4:00pm 3:00-4:00pm 3:00-4:00pm 3:00-4:00pm 3:00-4:00pm
13-Sep Sara Soleimani (APR) - JDM, KAC, PVR, JLP Liahona Angelie (LP)-MBA Madi Johnston (LP)-RTK Giovanna Pope (LP) - SB Sascha Boutelle (LP)-JCH
20-Sep Michael Davenport (LP)-DHE Thy Truong (APR) - RTK, DEA, PVR, JCP Aldair Alejandro (APR)- JAJ, ETS, JEP, ATW Robert Roden (LP)-KAC
27-Sep Tania Lopez (LP)- JLA Peter Mpaata (APR)- MBA, SLC, JLP, RKW Luther Wang (LP)-JKH Daniel Call (APR)- KAC, JCP, PVR, Scott Weber
4-Oct Mikaila Sass (LP)-BMW Jatinder Singh (APR)- SLC, JLP, MBA, KAC Chao Pang (APR)- ATW, RKW, JAJ, Robert Davis Melissa Lumogdang (LP)-JEP Yi-Jie Tseng (APR)- JDM, DJM, DHE, Dennis Della Corte
11-Oct Wenhan Cheng (LP)-DVH   Conner Nelson (LP)-KJS Parag Gajjar (APR)- JDM, BMW, JCP, JLP
18-Oct Kimberlee Stern (APR)- JLP, DJM, KAC, JDM Radhya Gamage (APR)- DEA, JCH, RTK, ETS Megan Nielson (LP)-JAJ
25-Oct John Johanson (LP)-DVH Shawn Gubler (3rd Prop)- PBS, DJM, SRB, MAP Coby Davis (LP)-MCA Rebecca Burlett (LP)-JCP 
1-Nov Dasun Jayatunge (LP)-JLA Alex Larson (3rd Prop)- DJM, Matthew Madsen, SLC, MBA Keith Willes (APR)- WFP, Douglas Tree, ATW, MRL Shelby Harris (APR)- RKW, David Kooyman, KAC, PVR
8-Nov Kevin Bretzing (LP)-DVH Mariur Rodriquez Moreno (3rd Prop)- DJM, SLC, MBA, JLP Nate Axtell (3rd Prop)- RTK, RGH, DEA, JKH Clayton Moss (APR)- JAJ, JCH, ETS, MCA
15-Nov Aaron Zaugg (3rd Prop)- PBS, JCP, PVR, KAC Adam Wayment (3rd Prop)- DJM, SLC, JLP, MBA Jacob Nielsen (3rd Prop)- ATW, DEA, RTK, Greg Nordin Shane Drake (3rd Prop)- JEP, SRG, MCA, JAJ
22-Nov   Behnam Moeini (3rd Prop)- MRL, Morris Argyle, JCH, DEA Alex Farnsworth (3rd Prop)- JEP, MCA, WFP Steve Christiansen (3rd Prop)- RKW,  JLA, JCP, PVR 
29-Nov     Yiran Liang (APR)- RTK, ATW, JCP, Samuel Payne Enoch Ho (3rd Prop)- JAJ, DJM, JEP, SJS  Shelby Harris (APR)- RKW, David Kooyman, KAC, PVR
6-Dec   Josh Wheeler (APR)- DHE, JAJ, JEP, MRL  Kei Webber (3rd Prop)- RTK, JCP, JKH, DVH Ryan Toomey (LP)-JKH   

Assessment: This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. To receive a passing grade in the course, students must accomplish each of the following goals


      To prepare for this assignment, student presenters should choose a significant paper in an area of interest to them or the Chem 692R section chosen topic.  The chosen paper pertaining to the chosen topic must be from the primary literature (not a review article), should have been in a high-impact journal, and ideally should have been from the last couple of years or so. The student's advisor will need to approve the paper before it is sent to the professor of the students' section.  Across all the Current Topic sections, students will be required to submit their faculty reviewed journal article and quiz one week prior to their assigned presentation date. This is a hard deadline. If a faculty-approved quiz and article are not submitted by 5:00pm a week prior, the class will be canceled for the following week and the student will receive a failing grade. The student will have to take the class again and pay for the class using their own funds.  

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. 

The presenting student assignment involves three key items:

-  READING THE LITERATURE (non-presenting students):

      During Fall and Winter semesters, a student presenter (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. Non-presenting students must pass 70% of the quizzes each semester to receive a passing grade in the class.


      During Fall and Winter semester, students give their annual progress reviews. For annual review requirements, go to the annual reviews webpage.  The committee members of the students are expected to attend.