Faculty/Student Summer Research Program

Summer Research Program
Summer Research Program


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 2016, 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 2016/2017 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 a Sunday in early June so you can attend a full day of orientation on Monday, June 8. Campus departure date is the Thursday after the Summer Research Poster Session in mid-August. The actual dates of arrival and departure will be decided in November 2015.

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 below
  • 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

Stipend 2016

Professional Member
Stipend: $6,000
Duration: Up to two full months

Stipend: $5,000 plus room and board
Duration: 10 weeks of commitment

Contact Information

Professor Mark Griep
Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
736 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0304
Email: mgriep1@unl.edu
Office Phone: (402) 472-3429

**Application Deadline: February 1, 2016**
Notifications will be made before April 1, 2016

Please submit application materials to:
Professor Mark Griep
Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
736 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0304
Email: mgriep1@unl.edu
Office Phone: (402) 472-3429

Research Thrusts

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

Eric Dodds

Eric Dodds, Ph.D.

Analytical and Biochemical

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.

Liangcheng Du

Liangcheng Du, Ph.D.

Biochemical and Organic

Metabolic pathway engineering

The goal of this project is to elucidate the biosynthetic mechanism for two groups of natural products, food-borne mycotoxins and new antibiotics isolated from underexplored microbial species

Jiantao Guo

Jiantao Guo, Ph.D.

Biochemical and Organic

Developing bioorthogonal reactions for biochemical investigations in living cells

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

David Hage, Ph.D.

Analytical and Biochemical

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?

Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai, Ph.D.

Analytical and Biochemical

Electrochemical sensors using biomolecules

The student involved in this project will fabricate a paper-based single-use E-AB sensor for the detection of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in realistically complex media such as blood serum and plasma.

Stephen A. Morin

Stephen A. Morin, Ph.D.

Analytical and Inorganic

Materials synthesis using systems with reconfigurable chemical and physical properties

This research utilizes rapid prototyping and fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing and soft lithography, surface-functionalization chemistry, solution-phase inorganic synthesis, and optical, electron, and X-ray microscopies and analytical methods.

Robert Powers

Robert Powers, Ph.D.

Analytical and Biochemical

NMR metabolomics

The student involved with this project will develop NMR-based methods to monitor changes in the metabolome (all the metabolites present in a cell, tissue, organ or organism) as a tool for systems biology, drug discovery and, for the discovery of disease biomarkers.

Andrzej Rajca

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

Alexander Sinitskii, Ph.D.


Bottom-up synthesis of graphene nanoribbons

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

Cliff Stains, Ph.D.

Biochemical and Organic

Chemosensors for real-time analysis of protein kinase enzymatic activity

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

Jian Zhang, Ph.D.

Inorganic and Organic

Metal-organic frameworks and porous-organic frameworks as photocatalysts for organic synthesis​

To synthesize new catalysts for use in energy production and energy storage, students will prepare nanomaterials with designed shapes and composition.