Student Research Program
Spring 2014 - Doing an SRP with Dr. Lavelle helped to increase my depth of knowledge with chemistry. Using ChemBioDraw and Chem3D, I made over one hundred three-dimensional molecules that show the correct bond angles and shape. Developing these molecules to upload to Chemistry Community, I was able to fully grasp how reaction mechanisms work. Seeing the space-filling models and regions of electron density, I was able to tie everything together about organic chemistry and understand not only why the nucleophile always attacks the electrophile, but the importance of orientation of these molecules in reaction mechanisms. Chem99 was a great, more hands-on way to study chemistry in a manner not taught in lecture.