Student Research

The Senior Project

The Senior Project is the climax of the major program. Every Alleghenian completes a Senior Project in his or her major field—a significant piece of original work, designed by the student and a faculty advisor, that demonstrates the ability to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak persuasively. Chemistry majors frequently present their results at national meetings; successful projects can lead to publication in professional journals.

Some recent Senior Projects by chemistry majors:

  • Synthesis and Structural Determination fo the Coordination Network [(Dy(bppydo)3(H2O)2](CIO4)3•3.5H2O
  • Kinetics of DNA Duplexing in Various Ionic Strengths Using Stopped-Flow Spectroscopy
  • Kinetic Studies of the DNA Duplex GTGCTGTG/CACGACAC in the Presence of Magnesium