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Chemistry majors have the opportunity to build collaborative research partnerships directly with Meredith faculty and participate in projects in the famed Research Triangle Park, a hub of research and scientific achievement. Chemistry students may also receive financial awards to present the results of their research projects at local and national conferences.

Recent Undergraduate Research Projects at Meredith

  • Students explored the relationship between various essential metal nutrients and the characteristic senile plaques that form in Alzheimer’s patients.

  • Another student research team investigated the mechanism by which bacteria acquire iron in order to develop antibiotics that inhibit the acquisition of this essential nutrient.

  • A recent graduate of the Engineering Dual Degree Program designed and built a water purification device that successfully extracts toxic species from a bulk water supply.

Recent Undergraduate Research Projects Conducted Off Campus

  • In partnership with the Duke Chemistry Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Duke University in Durham, N.C., a student investigated copper mediated oxidative stress and its role in inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • As part of the Appalachian Chemistry Research Experience in Energy and the Environment (ACREE) Program at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., another student manipulated metal coordination polymer networks (MCPN) in order an effort to create a rubber that would maintain its desirable physical properties and yet be recyclable.

Recent Student Presentations

  • “Investigating the Role of 5,10,15,20-Tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridinio)Porphyrin as an Iron (II) Chelator that will Facilitate the Release of Iron from a Siderophore through Reduction by NADH,” presented at the 241st National Meeting of the ACS, Anaheim, Calif., March, 2011

  • “Metal Coordination Polymer Networks; A Modular Approach,” presented at the 125th North Carolina American Chemical Society Sectional Meeting, Raleigh, N.C., September 2011

  • “Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Copper Chelators: Pro-oxidants or Anti-oxidants,” presented at the 125th North Carolina American Chemical Society Sectional Meeting, Raleigh, N.C., September 2011

  • “Study of the mechanism of metal induced aggregation of the beta amyloid peptide,” presented at the 239th National Meeting of the ACS, San Francisco, March 2010

  • “Investigating the Role of 5,10, 15,20-Tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridinio)Porphyrin as Iron(II) Chelator that will facilitate the release of Iron from a Siderophore through Reduction by NADH,” presented at the 124th North Carolina American Chemical Society Sectional Meeting, Research Triangle Park, N.C., September 2010

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