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Research and Creative Inquiry Day 2021

The Office of Research and Economic Development held the 16th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day in April 2021. This event provides an opportunity to showcase student research and creative inquiry projects from colleges and departments across Tennessee Tech’s campus. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Research and Creative Inquiry event utilized a joint virtual and digital format. Digital files of the posters and papers were submitted and provided to judges and also to the campus community for general viewing. Interactions between judges and students occurred via video conferencing, and the event culminated in a virtual award ceremony.

This year’s event featured posters and papers generated from 220 submitted abstracts on topics as varied as the 22 fields of study from which they originate. Congratulations to the students and faculty advisors who have worked hard to prepare these posters and papers that demonstrate Tech's dedication to excellence in learning and discovery. To see a list of the 2021 winners, visit this link:

2021 Winners from Chemistry:

Undergraduate (TIE):
Primary author: Allison Adams
Title: : Computational Design of Novel Inhibitors of Dihydrofolate Reductase in Three Bacterial Species
Research advisor: Dr. Derek Cashman

Undergraduate (TIE):
Primary author: Shawna Grey Coulter
Title: Creating Color Flame Candles as an Alternative to the Rainbow Flame Test
Research advisor: Dr. Amanda Carroll
Undergraduate (TIE):
Primary author: Bailey Talent
Title: Synthesis of INAP-ETSC and INAP-tButyl
Research advisor: Dr. Ed Lisic
Graduate (Master's):
Primary author: Zachary Gulledge
Title: Metal-free, microwaveassisted oxidative cyclization of 2-pyridyl N-tosylhydrazones toward unsymmetric 1,2,3-triazole complexants
Research advisor: Dr. Jesse Carrick
Graduate (PhD):
Primary author: Lesta Kocher
Title: A study on the Spectrophotometric Analysis of Hg(II) using Dithizone under Conditions Pertinent to Hg(II) Reduction in Aquatic Systems
Collaborator: Stephen Okine
Research advisor: Dr. Hong Zhang


Laboratory Science Commons and Stonecipher Lecture Hall celebrated their grand opening April 9, 2021

Tech celebrated the grand opening of the Laboratory Science Commons and Stonecipher Lecture Hall on April 9, 2021. This grand opening was part of Wings Up Weekend.

Chemistry Alumnus Named Master Distiller at Jack Daniel's

For Chris Fletcher, '03 chemistry, the journey to becoming master distiller of Jack Daniel's began in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Fletcher's hometown and the home of Jack Daniel Distillery. Fletcher grew up hearing the name Jack Daniel. His maternal grandfather was the company's fifth master distiller, retiring in 1989 when Fletcher was eight years old.

Fletcher's family has a long history with Tennessee Tech as well. His parents, paternal grandfather, sister and brother-in-law all went to Tech, so when it came time to choose a university, Tech was already on his mind.

"I enrolled in chemistry at Tech because I felt like with science, you really learn unique and new things every day," said Fletcher. "Chemistry is what I wanted to study, and that led me down the path of distilling."

Research and Creative Inquiry Day 2020 Winners from the Department of Chemistry

The following students were winners at our Research and Creative Inquiry Day that was held in April 2020:

Undergraduate (1st) prize:
Primary author: Wesley Wearing
Co-author: Lillian Pipkin
Title: Spectroscopic Characterization of Phenothiazine Co-crystals

Undergraduate (2nd) prize:
Primary author: Julia Vesely
Title: Research and Development of High Protein Beer

Graduate (Master's):
Primary author: Zachary Gulledge
Title: Cleavage of tert-Butoxycarbonyl (BOC) Groups from Indoles and Other Heterocycles Using an Addition-Elimination Strategy with 3-Methoxpropylamine

For more information, visit the Office of Research page.


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