A unique summer research opportunity in chemistry for college science teachers and their students!Faculty/Student Research

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Chemistry is excited to announce a summer research experience for a faculty and student pair. For the Summer of 2013, we are seeking one pair (one professor and one undergraduate student) from four-year colleges or universities.

Summer stipends will be provided, and it is anticipated that the collaboration will continue during the 2013/2014 academic year. The summer stipend for the professional member will be $6,000 per month for up to two full months of full-time commitment to the project. The student will receive $5,000 plus room and board for 10 weeks of commitment to the project. Campus arrival date is Sunday, June 2, so you can attend a full day of orientation on Monday, June 3. Campus departure date is Thursday, August 8.

Application Information

The Professor and Student should submit a single application packet that includes:

  • Separate curriculum vitae for the professor and student
  • First, second, and third choices from among the research thrusts listed above
  • Brief description of the student’s anticipated career path
  • Brief description how this experience will impact education and research efforts at the applicants’ home institution.

**Application Deadline: February 15, 2013**
Notifications will be made before March 15, 2013

Please submit application materials to:                  Professor Mark Griep   
Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
614 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0304
Office Phone: (402) 472-3502

The selected Professor/Student pair will become involved in one of the following research thrusts:

  • Stephen DiMagno, Ph.D.
    Late stage introduction of fluorine into drug-like molecules
    To prepare PET radiotracers, the student will learn how to synthesize and prepare them by fluorination reactions with the "cold" (19F) isotope. What are the challenges involving the synthesis of the radiotracers with the "hot" (18F) isotope?
  • Eric Dodds, Ph.D.
    Analytical and Bioanalytical
    Biological Mass Spectrometry
    To characterize complex covalent and noncovalent biochemical interactions, the student will learn how to amplify DNA, isolate proteins, or study protein glycosylation.
  • Patrick Dussault, Ph.D.
    Quorum-sensing molecules
    To control the growth of biofuel algae, the student will learn first how to identify and characterize quorum-sensing molecules and then how to synthesize analogs and test them. What factors control the quorum sensing and how to make the process more efficient?
  • Jiantao Guo, Ph.D.
    Chemical Biology
    Expanding the genetic code
    To learn how protein structure determines its function, the student researcher will use the multidisciplinary tools of molecular biology and bioorganic chemistry to add chemically modified unnatural amino acids to the genetic code of a bacterium so it synthesizes protein molecules modified at specific and relevant locations.
  • David Hage, Ph.D.
    Analytical and Bioanalytical
    Rapid Analysis of Drug-Protein Interactions
    To understand how drugs act on the body, the student will learn how to develop new analytical methods for studying the interaction between drugs and blood proteins. What are the driving forces for this interaction and how strong is it compared to a chemical bond?
  • Andrzej Rajca, Ph.D.
    Organic Radicals for Organic Magnets, Spin Labels, and MRI Contrast Agents
    To prepare the spin labels, students will learn how to synthesize stable organic radicals. Free radicals are typically highly reactive, why then are some radicals such as nitroxides persistent and how to make them more stable?
  • Alexander Sinitskii, Ph.D.
    Novel functional materials
    To create materials with new properties for electronics, photonics, sensors, and energy storage, the student will synthesize new types of carbon nanotubes and modified graphene.
  • Cliff Stains, Ph.D.
    Chemical Biology
    Tracking proteins in the cell
    To allow monitoring of the precise spatial and temporal locations for proteins involved in cell motility, students will modify genes so they are specially labeled.
  • Jian Zhang, Ph.D.
    Nanocluster catalysts
    To synthesize new catalysts for use in energy production and energy storage, students will prepare nanomaterials with designed shapes and composition.

2013 Stipend

Professional Member
Stipend: $6,000

Duration: Up to two full months


Stipend: $5,000 plus room and board

Duration: 10 weeks of commitment

Contact Info

Professor Mark Griep
Dept of Chemistry
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
614 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0304