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 year based on the current topic of their research. Themes could change annually. The current themes (2019-20) are:


Winter 2020

  Biochemistry Sec 1 Organic and Inorganic Synthesis Sec 2   Catalysis or Functional Materials Sec 3

Instrument Development Sec 4


Sec 5


Sec 6

  W142 James Moody W141 Merritt Andrus


Roger Harrison

C107 Adam Wooley

W010 Matthew Asplund


W012 Ryan Kelly


  3:00-4:00pm 3:00-4:00pm 4:00-5:00pm 3:00-4:00pm
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.