Research Opportunities in Chemistry at Creighton University

The Chemistry Department offers a number of opportunities for undergraduate research. Summer research stipends are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and by individual faculty members with research grants. Ask your chemistry teacher for details.

Chemistry majors can apply for the Baumann Scholarship. Women interested in science careers may be eligible for a Clare Boothe Luce scholarship.

The following are brief descriptions of undergraduate research opportunities in the Chemistry Department at Creighton University. Links to more information are included for each research group.


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Dr. James Fletcher

Research in the Fletcher lab is based on the design, synthesis and analysis of interesting organic and organometallic molecules.  This work often draws upon a wide range of the traditional areas of chemistry, including organic and organometallic syntheses, physical organic analysis, bioorganic chemistry and combinatorial chemistry.

Currently active projects include:

  • The design, synthesis and analysis of organic compounds that display permanent three dimensional shapes.
  • The creation of new organometallic ligands using common bioorganic chemical reactions and transition metal complexes.
  • The development of new peptide-containing aromatic molecules capable of serving as fluorescent chemosensors.

Dr. Erin Gross

Our research interests involve the combination of electrochemical and spectroscopic analytical techniques to study chemiluminescent reactions.  We ultimately would like to perform chemical analysis on a microchip.  This would involve the separation, identification and quantitation of an analyte mixture via capillary electrophoresis with chemiluminescent detection on a microchip.  The first analytes we are studying are a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones which are used to treat infections in both humans and animals.



Dr. Stephen Gross

Research in Dr. Gross's lab focuses on three different areas of polymer chemistry.
1. The development of ionic liquid containing composites for use in advanced energy conversion applications (lithium polymer batteries, solar cells).
2. In collaboration with Dr. Latta and Dr. Shaddy at the Creighton dental school, our lab looks at the adhesion of resin modified glass ionomer cements to dentin. We are also currently engaged in the development of new composites with dental applications.
3. In collaboration with Dr. Singh in the Pharmacy school, we are synthesizing polymers that can be used for subcutaneous drug delivery.


Dr. Marty Hulce

Specializing in synthetic organic chemistry, Dr. Hulce's laboratory investigates new methods to prepare carbon-carbon bonds and the creation of novel structural motifs.  Exploiting the power techniques of modern metalloorganic chemistry, students in his laboratory currently are exploring:

  • The synthesis and reactions of mixed hybridization state, conjugated systems with unique topologies that interfere with tumor cell growth;
  • The synthesis of modified amino acids used to build bioactive peptides, that can augment bioactivity relative to the unmodified peptide;
  • Peptidomimetic synthesis, especially as it applies to cholecystokinin and neuropeptide Y2  receptor antagonists;
  • Greener approaches to amide bond synthesis;
  • Beneficial chemical modifications of the outermost layer of the skin.

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Dr. Julie Soukup

I have a general interest in my laboratory in nucleic acid structure and function.  We are investigating both natural and in vitro selected RNA and DNA molecules.  Utilizing Nucleotide Analog Interference Mapping (NAIM) we are investigating the important functional groups within ribozymes, deoxyribozymes and riboswitches that are needed for the activity of these molecules. Learn more.