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 2012

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Hydrophobic conducting polymer films from post deposition thiol exposure, Paul J. Molino, Gordon G. Wallace, and Timothy W. Hanks

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Suppression of viral RNA binding and the assembly of infectious hepatitis C virus particles in vitro by cyclophilin inhibitors, Anita Nag, Jason M. Robotham, and Hengli Tang

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Tri-snRNP-associated proteins interact with subunits of the TRAMP and nuclear exosome complexes, linking RNA decay and pre-mRNA splicing, Anita Nag and Joan A. Steitz

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Isotopic Ratios in Titan's Methane: Measurements and Modeling, C. A. Nixon, Berhane Temelso, C. David Sherrill, and et al.

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Structures of Cage, Prism, and Book Isomers of Water Hexamer from Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy, Cristóbal Pérez, Matt T. Muckle, Daniel P. Zaleski, Nathan A. Seifert, Berhane Temelso, George C. Shields, Zbigniew Kisiel, and Brooks H. Pate

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Optical sensing by transforming chromophoric silver clusters in DNA nanoreactors, Jeffrey T. Petty, Sandra P. Story, Selina Juarez, Samuel S. Votto, Austin G. Herbst, Natalya N. Degtyareva, and Bidisha Sengupta

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Stereochemically Versatile Synthesis of the C1–C12 Fragment of Tedanolide C, Thomas E. Smith, Sarah J. Fink, Zebulon G. Levine, Kerani A. McClelland, Adrian A. Zackheim, and Mary Beth Daub

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Trifluoropropynyl as a surrogate for the cyano ligand and intense, room-temperature, metal-centered emission from its Rh(III) complex, Chivin Sun, Parth U. Thakker, Levan Khulordava, Daniel J. Tobben, Seth M. Greenstein, David L. Grisenti, Andrew G. Kantor, and Paul S. Wagenknecht

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Quantum Mechanical Study of Sulfuric Acid Hydration: Atmospheric Implications, Berhane Temelso, Thomas E. Morrell, Robert M. Shields, Marco A. Allodi, Elena K. Wood, Karl N. Kirschner, Thomas C. Castonguay, Kaye A. Archer, and George C. Shields

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Computational Study of the Hydration of Sulfuric Acid Dimers: Implications for Acid Dissociation and Aerosol Formation, Berhane Temelso, Thuong Ngoc Phan, and George C. Shields

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Prolonged α-amanitin treatment of cells for studying mutated polymerases causes degradation of DSIF160 and other proteins, David C. Tsao, Noh Jin Park, Anita Nag, and Harold G. Martinson

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Computational and Crystallographic Studies of Pseudo-Polyhalides, Rosa D. B. Walsh, Jessica M. Smith, Timothy W. Hanks, and William T. Pennington

Submissions from 2011

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Alpha-fetoprotein peptides, Thomas T. Andersen, James A. Bennett, Herbert Jacobson, and George C. Shields

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Sequence length dictates repeated CAG folding in three-way junctions, Natalya N. Degtyareva, Courtney A. Barber, Michael J. Reddish, and Jeffrey T. Petty

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Non-B conformations of CAG repeats using 2-aminopurine, Natalya N. Degtyareva and Jeffrey T. Petty

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X-ray Crystallographic Studies of a Bimetallic cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2NH2CH2CH2N=CHC6H4-o-O)2Cu Complex, the Starting Material, cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2Cl)2, and the Reaction Intermediates cis-Mo(CO)4(PPh2NH2CH2CH2NH22) 2 and cis-Mo(CO)4 (PPh2NH2CH2CH2N=CHC6H4-o-OH)2, Christina Duffey, Seth Stepleton, Mary Elizabeth Anderson, Daniel Cox, Marty Ready, Houston Byrd, Carrie A. Bloomfield, Jason L. Freeman, and Gary M. Gray

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Regioselective semihydrogenation of dienes, Thomas J. A. Graham, Thomas H. Poole, Charles N. Reese, and Brian C. Goess

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E-selective isomerization of stilbenes and stilbenoids through reversible hydroboration, Erin E. Gray, Lake E. Rabenold, and Brian C. Goess

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Book Review of Advanced Fluorescence Reporters in Chemistry and Biology II: Molecular Constructions, Polymers and Nanoparticles, Jeffrey T. Petty

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Optically enhanced, near-IR, silver cluster emission altered by single base changes in the DNA template, Jeffrey T. Petty, Chaoyang Fan, Sandra P. Story, Bidisha Sengupta, Matthew Sartin, Jung-Cheng Hsiang, Joseph W. Perry, and Robert M. Dickson

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DNA sensing by amplifying the number of near-infrared emitting, oligonucleotide-encapsulated silver clusters, Jeffrey T. Petty, Bidisha Sengupta, Sandra P. Story, and Natalya N. Degtyareva

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Molecular basis for the inhibition of HMGA1 proteins by distamycin A, Austin E. Smith and Karen L. Buchmueller

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Synthesis ofcis and trans bis-alkynyl complexes of Cr(III) and Rh(III) supported by a tetradentate macrocyclic amine: a spectroscopic investigation of the M(III)-alkynyl interaction, Chivin Sun, Christopher R. Turlington, W. W. Thomas, James H. Wade, Wade M. Stout, David L. Grisenti, William P. Forrest, Donald G. VanDerveer, and Paul S. Wagenknecht

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Benchmark Structures and Binding Energies of Small Water Clusters with Anharmonicity Corrections, Berhane Temelso, Kaye A. Archer, and George C. Shields

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The Role of Anharmonicity in Hydrogen-Bonded Systems: The Case of Water Clusters, Berhane Temelso and George C. Shields