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 The S​URGE Participant will:
  • increase their academic and social integration with other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students, faculty, professionals, and industry creating pathways to: 
    • working with faculty and/or industry advisors in defining research goals, processes and data analysis
    • conduct small scale research projects that involve data collection and analysis 
    • creating and presenting a research poster at the COS STEM Symposium or at a National STEM Conference
    • create opportunities for summer research internships and/or summer jobs related to their field of study
    • travel scholarships for professional conferences
    • educational funding and scholarship opportunities


Available Projects

Project TitleSelective Oxidation of Various Alcohols
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorLarry Callan - College of the Sequoias Chemistry Faculty
MajorsBiology, Chemistry
Number of Students3 maximum
Required Courses & Skillssuccessful completion of Chem 12 (Organic Chemistry)

This is a laboratory study of selective oxidation of various alcohols, with the ultimate goal of conversion of retinol to retinoic acid. The primary issue is selective oxidation of one functional group in the presence of others that must be unaffected.  Students will be conducting experiments in the laboratory and doing an extensive literature review.​

*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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