Here in the Chemistry Department, we are proud of all of our students and their success. The student spotlights below is an example of the drive and achievements of our Chemistry students.

Boston Universities 2017 Undergraduate Symposium

On Friday, May 5th, 2017 the work of 11 students was spotlighted in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS).  The outstanding quality of the projects presented underscored the importance of the hands-on, challenging research that is the hallmark of BU’s Chemistry major. The even was organized by the Undergraduate Programs Committee, Professor John Snyder and coordinated by our Undergraduate Coordinator, Lauren Jett.

URS was first instituted in 1987 by then Director of Undergraduate Studies, and now Emeritus, Prof. Mort Hoffman, and has been a much anticipated, spring’s-end annual event ever since.  The Symposium is modeled along the lines of talks at an American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting:  12 minutes of presentation followed by 3 minutes of questions and discussion.  Capping the day was the announcement of the Departmental Awards, followed by a celebratory BBQ for the students, their faculty advisers, graduate mentors, and their guests.


Tyler Casselman ‘16IMG_1374

Major/Minor: Chemistry/Math

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

“The reason I got into research is because of a crucial advising meeting that made me realize I did not want to become a doctor as much as I wanted to be a chemist. Through advising and the support of the chemistry department, I was able to explore my interest in chemistry and realize the passion I had for organic synthesis.”

Why Boston University?

I chose Boston University because of its location and its prestige. I really wanted to go to school inside of Boston, and being right on the Charles River and across from Fenway park really attracted me to BU. Upon research of the faculty and the chemistry department’s reputation, I decided to apply Early Decision (ED) to BU.

Why Chemistry?

At first, I chose chemistry because I really enjoyed my AP Chemistry teacher in high school and I wanted a STEM major that would properly prepare me for a Premed track. However, the professors in the chemistry department and the chemistry classes I took convinced me to go into the field of chemistry instead of continuing my path as a Premed

What research are you working on right now?

Currently, I am developing a method that allows for the integration of a 3,6 dicarbonyl 1,2,4,5 tetrazine within a nylon. This will allow for the synthesis of a functionalized nylon that is able to attach a dienophile of small molecule to the tetrazine in the nylon via an Inverse Electron Demand Diels-Alder (IEDDA). This will allow the nylon to tether small molecules, which can be used to filter heavy metals from water or drugs via the tetrazine-dienophile linkage.

What’s your favorite course that you’ve taken at BU?

My favorite course that I have taken at BU is CH 301, Chemical Synthesis and Analysis taught by Professor James Panek.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I wish to go to graduate school and pursue my PhD in synthetic organic chemistry