Chemistry Research Education Abroad and Transcultural Experience (CREATE) Program

The Chemistry Research Education Abroad and Transcultural Experience (CREATE) Program provides four to six students each summer with the opportunity to complete research projects at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. The program is made possible by a $250,000 grant Carroll University received from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Students spend 12 weeks with a research group developing scientific research skills under scientists who are leaders in their fields. Advanced instrumentation, equipment and laboratories are used in studies of alternative energy technology and nanoscience and materials chemistry. Students learn to assemble organic photovoltaic materials, redox flow battery systems and nanoparticle assemblies for healthcare diagnostics and therapy.

2017 CREATE Program Recipient Research Projects

  • Kara Burke
    • Potentially Toxic Elements in Soil from Lagos, Nigeria
  • Deanna Daujatas
    • Determining Detection Limits of Gold Nanospheres through UV/Vis Spectroscopy
  • Rachel Kutzner
    • Synthesis of a Formamide Substrate
  • Allison Tomczyk
    • Oxidative addition of para-substituted aryl electrophiles to predict reaction selectivity with [Ni(o-tol)Cl(dppf)] catalyst

2016 CREATE Program Recipients

"I am so grateful to have been part of such a welcoming and energetic lab group at the University of Strathclyde. Conducting research on nanoparticle synthesis and its biological applications is something that I would never have been able to do at Carroll. The CREATE program was one of the main reasons I chose to attend Carroll, and I am delighted that the experience truly exceeded my expectations."
—Vince Wartenweiler '17, Biochemistry major (Pre-health science professional emphasis), Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor

"I loved my time at University of Strathclyde because I was able to design an independent project that involved both analytical chemistry and field research. I was trained to use an ICP-MS to analyze heavy metals in my soil samples which not only broadened my knowledge of instruments in the lab, but also prepared me for my future career as a chemist."
—Katie McCarthy '17, Chemistry major, (American Chemical Society emphasis)

For more information

Dr. Michael Schuder

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