The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States’ largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Since its founding in 1954, the organization has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas.
The Robert A. Welch Foundation Departmental Departmental Grant supports chemical research by members of the chemistry department faculty and provides an opportunity for students to study chemistry in a less structured way. The program provides students with the tools they need to gain and develop an interest in pursuing a career in chemistry. This funding supports students with scholarships, lab equipment, and chemicals as well as travel to industry meetings and conferences.
Student Research Courses (CHEM 4191, 4291, 4391)
The department makes available various opportunities for students to participate in research or independent study projects. These are usually most appropriate for junior- or senior-level students, although advanced and proactive underclassmen are encouraged to participate as well.
The simplest and most common way to start such a project is by contacting a faculty member to see whether he/she is able to supervise a CHEM 4191, 4291 or 4391 (research) course.
The course may entail a specific research project or may be conducted as either an independent study project or a traditional course, but only on a topic that is not covered in the standard curriculum.
These are some of our faculty members who may be interested in offering a research course, along with some of the topics that have been offered in the past or may be considered in the future:
Dr. Beran: Application of molecular modeling methodology to novel chemical systems, such as fullerene derivatives
Dr. Carter: Analytical chemistry, trace environmental analysis and speciation of environmentally important elements
Dr. Maxwell: Organic synthesis, enolate chemistry and spectroscopic analysis of organic compounds
Dr. Osborne: Biochemistry
Dr. Smith: Investigation and development of nanostructured surfaces and interfaces with applications such as energy harvesting and storage.
Dr. Zehnder: Synthesis and design of lanthanide and actinide compounds that have relevance in nuclear fuel reprocessing as well as in nuclear waste disposal. Design of lanthanide and actinide metal organic frameworks (MOFs).