We’re one of the first colleges in the country to offer undergraduate student/faculty research in chemistry, beginning in 1947.
A strong research program is the foundation of our department and the reason our students are so successful. We offer research through traditional coursework as well as independent faculty-student research.
Summer 2021 Research Opportunities
All continuing full-time Hope students are eligible. Additionally, limited positions may be available for non-Hope students. Selection criteria include academic record, interest in chemistry, career plans, independence, and creativity. Summer research students receive a 10-week paid stipend and subsidized on-campus housing.
Learn more and apply online at sharp.hope.edu. Application deadline is February 19, 2021. sharp.hope.edu
Current Research Projects
- ANALYTICAL RESEARCH
- Electrochemical Preparation and Characterization of Chemically Modified Electrodes. Led by Dr. Kenneth L. Brown.
- BIOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH
- Characterization of a Novel Vasopressin Receptor. Led by Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin.
- Regulation of Cystine/Glutamate Exchange by System xc-. Led by Leah A. Chase.
- Understanding Mitochondrial Function in Human Health and Disease. Led by Dr. Kristen Dittenhafer-Reed.
- Protein-DNA Interactions in the Developing Red Blood Cell and Interference by Toxic Metals. Led by Dr. Michael J. Pikaart.
- CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH
- The Development of Interdisciplinary, Investigative Case Studies in Science. Led by Dr. Joanne L. Stewart.
- Chemistry Education: Laboratory Curriculum Development and Eye-Tracking. Led by Dr. Justin M. Shorb.
- Inorganic Chemistry Research
- Discovering new reactions of small molecules coordinated to transition metal complexes. Led by Dr. Christopher R. Turlington.
- ORGANIC SYNTHESIS RESEARCH
- Photochromic Photooxidants: a new application of old photochromes, toward gating photoinduced charge transfer. Led by Dr. Jason G. Gillmore.
- The Preparation and Electropolymerization of Monomers for Sensor Applications. Led by Dr. Elizabeth M. Sanford.
- Organometallic catalysis for the activation and functionalization of C-C single bonds. Led by Dr. Jeffrey B. Johnson.
- PHYSICAL CHEMICAL RESEARCH
- Biophysical Studies Using Laser Spectroscopy and Computational Modeling. Led by Dr. Brent P. Krueger.
- Laser Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry of Highly Energetic Molecules. Led by Dr. William F. Polik.
Hope’s first faculty research space was developed by biologist Samuel Mast in Van Raalte Hall in 1903. Our department’s current approach to research that features student and faculty collaboration was developed by chemist Dr. Gerrit Van Zyl during his tenure (1923–55). He made it a point to involve students in research as a teaching tool and also helped obtain outside funding to support it.
Today, the level of student-faculty collaboration on real, ongoing chemistry research projects sets Hope apart from other undergraduate institutions and distinguishes our graduates from their peers.
CURRENT GRANT FUNDING
In the past 10 years, 70 grants have been awarded to Department of Chemistry faculty, totaling over $12 million.
- American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund
- Gillmore (2019) $70,000
- Turlington (2018) $55,000
- American Heart Association
- Burnatowska-Hledin (2019) $154,000
- Department of Education FIPSE Award
- Shorb and Krueger (2019) $161,000
- National Science Foundation
- Krueger (2019) $400,000
- Dittenhafer-Reed (2018) $208,000
- Johnson (2018) $274,000
Awards and Recognition
Our faculty has received many accolades for their work at Hope through teaching and research, including:
- COLLEGE AWARDS
- Janet L. Andersen Excellence in Teaching Award: Gillmore (2015), Seymour (2013)
- Ruth & John Reed Faculty Achievement Award: Chase (2019), Johnson (2016), Stewart (2010)
- Towsley Scholarship: Dittenhafer-Reed (2019), Anderson (2013), Johnson (2010)
- Provost's Award for Service to the Academic Program: Burnatowska-Hledin (2016)
- Academic Computing Innovation Award: Polik (2013)
- Hope College Alumni 10 Under 10 Award: Elinski (2020), Klein (2020), Dittenhafer-Reed (2019), Rosnik (2019), Maley (2019)
- Vanderbush-Weller Award: Sanford (2019), Gillmore (2015)
- COLLEGE LEADERSHIP
- Board of Trustees: Krueger (2014), Stewart (2010)
- Academic Affairs Board Chair: Polik (2013), Krueger (2011)
- Status Committee: Sanford (2019), Gillmore (2014)
- Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship: Polik (2016-2019)
- NATIONAL AWARDS
- Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award: Johnson (2015), Gillmore (2014)
- NSF CAREER Award: Johnson (2012), Gillmore (2010)
- ACS Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences: Chemistry Department (2013)
- ACS Inorganic Division Award: Anderson and Ohnsorg (2016)
- Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Janet Andersen Lecture Award: Stewart (2018)
- NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows: Johnson (2017), Polik (2006)
- CUR Councilor: Polik (2013)
Our students are often recognized on a college and national level for their work in courses and research, including:
- COLLEGE AWARDS
- Hope Senior Research Award
- Southland Award
- Sigma Xi Award
- The Zuidema Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
- Otto Vander Velde All-Campus Award
- Inorganic Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society
- First-Year Chemistry Book Award
- ACS Analytical Award
- ACS Inorganic Award for Outstanding Performance
- Organic Chemistry Book Award
- Physical Chemistry Award
- ACS Organic Chemistry Award
- Drs. Eugene C. and Elaine Z. Jekel Award
- Chemistry Department Award for Excellence
- Almon T. Godfrey Prize in Chemistry
- NATIONAL RECOGNITION SINCE 2010
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships: 20 awards, 12 honorable mentions
- Goldwater Scholarships: 13 awards, 7 honorable mentions
- Beckman Research Scholars: 16 awards (Hope College Chemistry is the only continuously awarded program since inception.)
- Fullbright Scholarships: 2 awards
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