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2012 “DNA as a Wire: Using the Particle-in-the-Box Formalism to Calculate the Rate of Electron Transfer Through the DNA Helix,” Andrew J. Swift and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.

“Can Molecular Mechanics Predict Flexibilty in Biological Molecules?” Paige Lathem, Mary Elizabeth Terrell and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

2011-2012

“Exploration of the relationship between ring size, degree of nitration, and strain energy in a series of polycyclic explosives,” Dallas Thomas, B.J. Foroughian and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.

“The predicted structure of the alpha-domain from MATa1 of Saccharomyces cerevisae reveals an evolutionary conservation to the HMG family of transcription regulators,” Rami Herrera, Tarnisha Lawson, Angelica Trammell, Song Tan and Doba D. Jackson, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.

“Structure, Pricing, and Common Medications Prescribed for the Treatment of Prostate and Breast Cancer,” Suzanne M. Mock , Kellie R. Hilton, Elizabeth A. Perdue and Maureen Kendrick Murphy, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.

Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 1500 East Fairview Avenue Montgomery, AL 36106-2148 Dr. Maureen Murphy, Chair maureenm@huntingdon.edu Phone: 334.833.4462 Visit us on Facebook at: Department of Chemistry& Biochemistry at Huntingdon

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Undergraduate Research

Why Do Undergraduate Research? Undergraduate research and presentation at a professional meeting in chemistry and biochemistry at Huntingdon is required for all majors as part of the degree. All majors enroll in CHEM 385 or CHEM 485 research courses in their junior and senior year and work alongside our professors on a project of interest. Undergraduate research provides professional training in research skills, and oral communication skills. The critical thinking skills developed in undergraduate research lead to graduate fellowships in Ph.D./Pharm.D./M.D.programs. Undergraduate research experience is also now required to be interviewed at UAB School of Medicine. Research also leads to publication in peer-reviewed journals.

A.J. Swift (Chemistry, Class of 2012) , left, at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, NY as a part of research in the DOE Nuclear Chemistry Summer Fellows Program.

2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Presentations

2011“Fluorous oxytocin: A model peptide for probing the thermal properties of peptides and antibiotics using temperature-dependent molecular mechanics calculations,” Sarah Frampton and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 241st national American Chemical Society meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011.

“Exploration of the relationship between ring size, degree of nitration, and strain energy in a series of polycyclic explosives ,” Frank Q. Mitchell, Cole P. Smith, Andrew J. Swift, Ginger Tyson and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 241st national American Chemical Society meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 27-31, 2011.

“Binding of Lanthanide and Actinide Ions to Oxytocin: A Model for Radioactive Ion Binding to Proteins,” Tiffany Dean, Tarnisha Lawson, Ashlee Walters, John Sloan and Maureen K. Murphy, presented at the 242nd national American Chemical Society meeting, Denver, CO, August 21-24, 2011.

“Structure of Ru(II)-Arene Complexes Using Selected Ligands,” Rami Herrera, Kellie Hilton, Mary Elizabeth Terrell, Ginger Tyson, Winston Wooten and Jeremy M. Carr, presented at the 242nd national American Chemical Society meeting, Denver, CO, August 21-24, 2011.

“Developing a Facile Method for Forming Stryker’s Reagent,” Caroline Benjamin, Dexter Dean, Paige Lathem, Quintarious Perdue, Chasity Ward and Jeremy M. Carr, presented at the 242nd national American Chemical Society meeting, Denver, CO, August 23, 2011.

2012“Developing a Facile Method for Forming Stryker’s Reagent,” Caroline Benjamin, Dexter Dean, Paige Lathem, Quintarious Perdue, Chasity Ward and Jeremy M. Carr, presented at the 243rd national American Chemical Society meeting, San Diego, CA, March 25-28, 2012.

“Preparation of NHC Ligated Copper(II) Acetate Precatalysts,” Ginger Tyson and Jeremy M. Carr, presented at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity & Nanobiology Symposium, Alabama State University, March 15, 2012.


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