With over seventy total researchers during the summer, the Furman University Chemistry Department boasts one of the largest undergraduate research programs in the nation. The summer of 2014 marked the 50th consecutive program in which undergraduates, masters students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors, and visiting faculty from area schools work together over a ten-week period in a wide variety of scientific research projects. The undergraduate students, who receive stipends for the summer, carry out independent investigations in the areas of analytical, inorganic, physical, organic and bio-organic chemistry. This program would not be possible without the support of wide variety of public and private sources.

These student/faculty collaborations produced the following research papers that were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Submissions from 1995

Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of benzoic acid mustard derivatives of imidazole-containing and C-terminal carboxamide analogues of distamycin, John A. Hartley, Christopher S. Preti, Michael D. Wyatt, and Moses Lee

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Novel cytotoxic DNA sequence and minor groove targeted photosensitizers: Conjugates of pyrene and netropsin analogues, John A. Hartley, Joanne Webber, Michael D. Wyatt, Natalie Bordenick, and Moses Lee

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Photobehavior of Δ- and Λ-fac-Tris((S)-tryptophanato)chromium(III), Noel Kane-Maguire, Timothy W. Hanks, Dennis G. Jurs, Ronald M. Tollison, Ann L. Heatherington, Laurel M. Ritzenthaler, Luanne M. McNulty, and Hugh M. Wilson

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Electron spin resonance and theoretical studies of the PO2 and AsO2 radicals in neon matrices at 4 K: Laser vaporization and x-irradiation radical generation techniques, Lon B. Knight, Glenn C. Jones, Gina M. King, Robert M. Babb, and Allan J. McKinley

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ESR Investigation of the HBBH(X3Σ) Radical in Neon and Argon Matrixes at 4 K. Comparison with ab Initio SCF and CI Calculations, Lon B. Knight, Kelly Kerr, P. K. Miller, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Electron spin resonance studies of the methane radical cations (12,13CH+4, 12,13CDH+3, 12CD2H+2,12CD3H+, 12CD+4) in solid neon matrices between 2.5 and 11 K: Analysis of tunneling, Lon B. Knight, Gina M. King, Jeffrey T. Petty, Michio Matsushita, Takamasa Momose, and Tadamasa Shida

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ESR observation of the H⋅⋅⋅H, H⋅⋅⋅D, and D⋅⋅⋅D spin-pair radicals in rare gas matrices, Lon B. Knight, William E. Rice, Louie Moore, and Ernest R. Davidson

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An Undergraduate Organic Synthesis, Spectroscopy, and Molecular Modeling Project: Asymmetric Lewis Acid Catalyzed Diels-Alder Reaction of Menthyl Acrylate with Cyclopentadiene, Moses Lee, Bonnie J. Garbiras, and Christopher S. Preti

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Group theoretical study of the radical cation of methane: The effect of tunneling motions on the hyperfine interaction, Michio Matsushita, Takamasa Momose, Tadamasa Shida, and Lon B. Knight

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Synthesis and DNA-Binding Properties of a 4-Hydroxymethylpurrole-Containung Analog of Netropsin, Christopher S. Preti, Jacob E. Simpson, and Moses Lee

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Investigation of the potential energy surface for the first step in the alkaline hydrolysis of methyl acetate, Edward C. Sherer, G. M. Turner, and George C. Shields

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A computationally efficient procedure for modeling the first step in the alkaline hydrolysis of esters, G. M. Turner, Edward C. Sherer, and George C. Shields

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Sequence specificity of alkylation for a series of nitrogen mustard-containing analogs of distamycin of increasing binding site size: evidence for increased cytotoxicity with enhanced sequence specificity, Michael D. Wyatt, Moses Lee, Bonnie J. Garbiras, Robert L. Souhami, and John A. Hartley

Submissions from 1994

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Regiochemistry of Radical Addition to C70, Roberta Borghi, Lodovico Lunazzi, Giuseppe Placucci, Paul J. Krusic, David A. Dixon, and Lon B. Knight

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Using the Franck-Hertz Experiment To Illustrate Quantization: Energy States of the Neon Atom by Electron Impact, M. M. Kash and George C. Shields

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Quantum-Mechanical Investigation of Large Water Clusters, Karl N. Kirschner and George C. Shields

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Electron spin resonance investigation of small magnesium cluster cation radicals, Mg+N, in neon and argon matrices at 4 K: Comparison with ab initio calculations, Lon B. Knight, Cheryl B. Cleveland, Regina F. Frey, and Ernest R. Davidson

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GC Sequence Specific Recognition by an N-Formamido, C-Terminus-Modified and Imidazole-Containing Analog of Netropsin, Moses Lee, Christopher S. Preti, Emily Vinson, Michael D. Wyatt, and John A. Hartley

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Hydrogen bonding of nucleotide base pairs: Application of the PM3 method, T. N. Lively, M. W. Jurema, and George C. Shields

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The Physical Chemistry Sequence at Liberal Arts Colleges: The Lake Forest College Approach, George C. Shields

Submissions from 1993

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Modeling of Magic Water Clusters (H2O)20 and (H2O)21H+ with the PM3 Quantum-Mechanical Method, M. W. Jurema, Karl N. Kirschner, and George C. Shields

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Ability of the PM3 quantum-mechanical method to model intermolecular hydrogen bonding between neutral molecules, M. W. Jurema and George C. Shields

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Laser vaporization generation of Y10B+, Y11B+, and YAl+ for electron spin resonance studies in neon matrices at 4 K: Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Robert M. Babb, Gina M. King, Allan J. McKinley, Michael D. Morse, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Laser vaporization generation of HA1OH, DA1OD and HAl17OH for neon and argon matrix isolation electron spin resonance investigations. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Brian W. Gregory, John Cleveland, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Electron spin resonance investigation of Sc+2 in neon matrices and assignment of its ground electronic state as X4Σ-. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Allan J. McKinley, Robert M. Babb, Devon W. Hill, and Michael D. Morse