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 2014

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Small Molecule Substrate Phosphorylation Site Inhibitors of Protein Kinases: Approaches and Challenges, Meghan E. Breen and Matthew B. Soellner

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Substrate activity screening with kinases: discovery of small-molecule substrate-competitive c-Src inhibitors, Meghan E. Breen, Michael E. Steffey, Eric J. Lachacz, Frank E. Kwarcinski, Christel C. Fox, and Matthew B. Soellner

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Hydration of the Sulfuric Acid-Methylamine Complex and Implications for Aerosol Formation, Danielle J. Bustos, Berhane Temelso, and George C. Shields

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Photophysical properties of 2,3-dihydroquinazolin-4(1H)-one derivatives, Fanny A. Cabrera-Rivera, Jaime Escalante, Hugo Morales-Rojas, David F. Zigler, Robert D. Schmidt, Lauren E. Jarocha, and Malcolm D. E. Forbes

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Study of picosecond processes of an intercalated dipyridophenazine Cr(III) complex bound to defined sequence DNAs using transient absorption and time-resolved infrared methods, Stephen J. Devereux, Páriac M. Keane, Suni Vasudevan, Igor V. Sazanovich, Michael Towrie, Qian Cao, Xue-Zhong Sun, Michael W. George, Christine J. Cardin, Noel A P Kane-Maguire, John M. Kelly, and Susan J. Quinn

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Development and Implementation of a Two-Semester Introductory Organic-Bioorganic Chemistry Sequence: Conclusions from the First Six Years, Brian C. Goess

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Comparative growth mechanism study for two thermoelectric compounds, Cameron F. Holder, Evan E. Rugen, and Mary Elizabeth Anderson

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Hydrogen Bond Cooperativity and the Three-Dimensional Structures of Water Nonamers and Decamers, Cristóbal Pérez, Daniel P. Zaleski, Nathan A. Seifert, Berhane Temelso, George C. Shields, Zbigniew Kisiel, and Brooks H. Pate

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Near-infrared silver cluster optically signaling oligonucleotide hybridization and assembling two DNA hosts, Jeffrey T. Petty, David A. Nicholson, Orlin O. Sergev, and Stuart K. Graham

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Computational approaches for the prediction of pKa values, George C. Shields and Paul G. Seybold

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Structural Analysis of α-Fetoprotein (AFP)-like Peptides with Anti-Breast-Cancer Properties, Berhane Temelso, Katherine A. Alser, Arianne Gauthier, Amber Kay Palmer, and George C. Shields

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Synthesis of trans bis-alkynyl complexes of Co(III) supported by a tetradentate macrocyclic amine: A spectroscopic, structural, and electrochemical analysis of π-interactions and electronic communication in the C≡C—M—C≡C structural unit, Parth U. Thakker, Roberto G. Aru, Chivin Sun, William T. Pennington, Adam M. Siegfried, Elyse C. Marder, and Paul S. Wagenknecht

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Synthetic control of the cis/trans geometry of M(cyclam)(CCR)2]OTf complexes and photophysics of cis-Cr(cyclam)(CCCF3)2]OTf and cis-Rh(cyclam)(CCCF3)2]OTf, Parth U. Thakker, Chivin Sun, Levan Khulordava, Colin D. McMillen, and Paul S. Wagenknecht

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Kinetic analysis of nitroxide radical formation under oxygenated photolysis: toward quantitative singlet oxygen topology, David F. Zigler, Eva Chuheng Ding, Lauren E. Jarocha, Renat R. Khatmullin, Vanessa M. DiPasquale, R. Brendan Sykes, Valery F. Tarasov, and Malcolm D. E. Forbes

Submissions from 2013

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Chapter One - Time-Resolved Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: History, Technique, and Application to Supramolecular and Macromolecular Chemistry, Malcolm D. E. Forbes, Lauren E. Jarocha, SooYeon Sim, and Valery F. Tarasov

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Study of the Halogen Bonding between Pyridine and Perfluoroalkyl Iodide in Solution Phase Using the Combination of FTIR and 19F NMR, Briauna Hawthorne, Haiyan Fan-Hagenstein, Elizabeth Wood, Jessica M. Smith, and Timothy W. Hanks

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Polydiacetylene-Based Smart Packaging, Sarah C. Hill, Yamin Htet, Jennifer Kauffman, Inyee Y. Han, Paul L. Dawson, William T. Pennington, and Timothy W. Hanks

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A Departmental Focus on High Impact Undergraduate Research Experiences, Robin B. Kinnel, Adam W. Van Wynsberghe, Ian J. Rosenstein, Karen S. Brewer, Myriam Cotten, George C. Shields, Charles J. Borton, SueAnn Z. Senior, Gregory S. Rahn, and Timothy E. Elgren

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The Small Molecule Dispergo Tubulates the Endoplasmic Reticulum and Inhibits Export, Lei Lu, Rami N. Hannoush, Brian C. Goess, Shankar Varadarajan, Matthew D. Shair, and Tom Kirchhausen

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Surface modification of polypyrrole/biopolymer composites for controlled protein and cellular adhesion, Paul J. Molino, BinBin Zhang, Gordon G. Wallace, and Timothy W. Hanks

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Broadband Fourier Transform Rotational Spectroscopy for Structure Determination: The Water Heptamer, Cristóbal Pérez, Simon Lobsiger, Nathan A. Seifert, Daniel P. Zaleski, Berhane Temelso, George C. Shields, Zbigniew Kisiel, and Brooks H. Pate

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Silver clusters as both chromophoric reporters and DNA ligands, Jeffrey T. Petty, Banabihari Giri, Ian C. Miller, David A. Nicholson, Orlin O. Sergev, Taylor M. Banks, and Sandra P. Story

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A silver cluster-DNA equilibrium, Jeffrey T. Petty, Orlin O. Sergev, David A. Nicholson, Peter M. Goodwin, Banabihari Giri, and D. R. McMullan

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DNA-Templated Molecular Silver Fluorophores, Jeffrey T. Petty, Sandra P. Story, Jung-Cheng Hsiang, and Robert M. Dickson

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TREPR spectra of micelle-confined spin correlated radical pairs: I. Molecular motion and simulations, Valery F. Tarasov, Lauren E. Jarocha, Nikolai I. Avdievich, and Malcolm D. E. Forbes