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 (2019-20) are:

Fall 2019 -- Class is held on Monday at 3:00 p.m. Section members' literature presentations (LP) and annual progress reviews (APR) for continuing students are listed. This list is currently subject to change.

Biochemistry Sec 1 Organic and Inorganic Synthesis Sec 2 Catalysis or Functional Materials Sec 3 Instrument Development Sec 4 Spectroscopy Sec 5
W141 Pam Van Ry W009 Paul Savage W012 Roger Harrison C107 Walter Paxton W010 Matthew Asplund
16 Sep Daniel Poole - JLA, JCP, JDM, KAC, Weber Daniel Joaquin Castenada - SLC, DJM, JLP, MAP, Burt
23 Sep Chrissy Egbert - JLA, BMW, PVR, JDM Alexander Ramos - SLC, MAP, MBA, JLP, Burt Tina Heravi - DVD, ETS, JCH, ATW
30 Sep Mary Vallecillo - PVR, JLA, JCP, BMW, Thomson Jacob Parkman - DJM, JDM, JLP, SLC, MBA Tahereh Gholian - MRL, DEA, JCH, Davis, Lunt
7 Oct Yujin Kwon - BMW, JLA, JCP, KAC, RKW Diego Moya - SLC, MAP, DJM, JLP, Burt Abraham de la Cruz - DEA, DVD, MCA, ATW, JCH
14 Oct Roshan Loku - JLA, JDM, BMW, PVR, Grose Isaac Smith - MBA, RGH, SLC, PBS, DJM Jamir Shrestha - DVD, ATW, MRL, MCA, DEA
21 Oct Lavendar Lin - JCP, KAC, JDM, JLP, Transtrum Praneeth Hettikankanange - DEA, MRL, RTK, JAJ, JCH
28 Oct Jonard Valdoz - PVR, JLA, KAC, BMW, Tessem Hans Anderson - KJS, ETS, MRL, DEA, VanFleet
4 Nov Naomi Flindt - RKW, RGH, JCP, JLA, Kooyman Kelton Forson - DJM, DHE, SLC, MBA, KJS
11 Nov Supeshala Sarath - JDM, JLP, JLA, BMW, KAC JD Singleton - MAP, SLC, MBA, JCP, RGH Elaura Gustafson - DEA, DVD, RTK, WFP, JAJ
18 Nov


Reuben Dass - MAP, JLA, MBA, SLC, DJM Andrew Arslanian - DVD, MCA, RGH, JCH, DEA
25 Nov


2 Dec


9 Dec


-          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.

-          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.