To assure graduation in a timely manner it is essential that you see a Chemistry Department advisor as soon as possible. For general information about the Department or Major contact the Chair or the Administrative Assistant. To be assigned an Advisor contact the Department Administrative Assistant. You may also want to take a look at the five year plan (PDF) and at the degree course MAPS.
All of the faculty members in the Department of Chemistry have an active undergraduate research program. The topics cover many areas of chemistry, including: biochemistry, organic synthesis, floral scents, marine, molecular modeling, analytical and physical chemistry. To learn more about the research our faculty members are carrying out with their undergraduate students, please visit their web pages via the individual faculty member links to their information pages: Chemistry Faculty.
Recent Publications and Presentations
(Faculty names are underlined and link to their information page. Undergraduate students’ names are marked with an *)
- Annette A. Tabares*, Essene L. Waters*, Robert W. Zoellner; “Beryllepin, C6H6Be, and “beryllium-inserted benzenes,” C6H6Ben, n = 2-6: A density functional computational investigation”; Heteroatom Chemistry 2016, 27(1), 37-43.
- Robert W. Zoellner; “Triberyllium cluster sandwich complexes: A density functional investigation”; Polyhedron 2016, 107, 107-112.
- Kiefer G. Bell- Wilson*, Micah T. Ojeda*, Gregory M. Pitch*, Joshua R. Smith; “Synthesis of Bis(diaryl)thienothiadiazole Compounds with Pyridyl and Pyrimidyl Groups For Use in Organic Photovoltaic Cells”; Northern California Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 9, 2015, UC Santa Cruz.
- Emanuelsson, R.; Wallner, A.; Ng, E.A.M.; Smith, J.R.; Nauroozi, D.; Ott, S.; Ottosson, H. "Cross-Hyperconjugation: An Unexplored Orbital Interaction between π-Conjugated and Saturated Molecular Segments" Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2013, 52 (3), 983-987.
- Alexis Aguiar*, Joshua Massey*, Edward I. Sandoval*, Jenny A. Cappuccio.“Nanodiscs stabilize Anabaena sensory rhodopsin for transcriptional regulation studies” 28th Annual CSUPERB Symposium, Santa Clara, CA, January 2016, and 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. March 2016, San Diego, CA.
- M. A. Coleman†, J A Cappuccio†, Craig D. Blanchette, Tingjuan Gao, Erin S. Arroyo, Angela K. Hinz, Feliza A. Bourguet, Brent Segelke, Paul D. Hoeprich, Thomas Huser, Ted A. Laurence, Vladimir L. Motin and Brett A. Chromy. Expression and Association of the Yersinia pestis Translocon Proteins, YopB and YopD, are Facilitated by Nanolipoprotein Particles”. PLOS ONE in press † contributed equally
- Gregory M. Pitch*, John S. Andre*, Arion J. Davie*, Christopher W. Harmon; “Investigations of Water Uptake on Sodium Acetate Trihydrate and Nonhydrate as Model Aerosol Surfaces using the DRIFTS and ATR-FTIR Techniques”; Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 16–18, 2015, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
- Cody Hill*, Andreas Geyer*, Cody Tripp*, Christopher W. Harmon; “Development of a Multi-purpose Electrospray-Electron Impact Tandem Mass Spectrometer”; Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 3–5, 2014, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
- Hurst, Matthew P. Copper Water-Effect Ratio Study for Discharged Effluent to Humboldt Bay from Elk River Wastewater Treatment Plant, City of Eureka (2016). Final report to the California State Water Resources Control Board, Sacramento, CA.
- Arroyo, Francine A.*, Siering, Patricia L., Hampton, Jennifer S.*, McCartney, Angela*, Hurst, Matthew P., Wolfe, Gordon V., and Mark S. Wilson (2015). Isolation and Characterization of Novel Iron-Oxidizing Autotrophic and Mixotrophic Bacteria from Boiling Springs Lake, an Oligotrophic, Acidic Geothermal Habitat. Geomicrobiology Journal, 32, 140-157.
- Hurst, Matthew. P., Janssen, David J.*, Cullen, Jay T., Bruland, Kenneth W., “The Distribution and Size-Partitioning of Trace Metals in Surface Waters of the Bering Sea” In: Proceedings of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, February 2014, Honolulu, HI.
- Hurst, Matthew P., Dunne, Ryan S.*, Alvaro, Pedro R.*, and David J. Janssen*. Determination of Metal Accumulation and Loading in the Oxidation Ponds at the Arcata Marsh (2014). Final report to the Environmental Services Department, City of Arcata, CA.
Chemistry Department Scholarships:
Declared Chemistry Majors may apply for four scholarships. The Humboldt Chemistry scholarships are in two categories (research and scholarship)
supported by the same fund. Students may apply for both, but can only recieve one/year with the possiblilty of receiving support for two years by reapplication.
Two Humboldt Chemistry scholarships of $1,500 each may be awarded for 2016-17. The new Charles and Judith Ferguson Dvorak Endowment Scholarship
will award one chemistry scholarship for 2016-2017. The new Dr. Richard Paselk Biochemistry/ Biophysics Scholarship will award one chemistry or
biochemistry scholarship for 2016-2017.
These scholarships are available through Humboldt State University's online scholarship application. The online application can be accessed through the Scholarships link on the home page of student's myHumboldt portal .
Humboldt Chemistry Research Scholarship ($1,500) - Available to upper division students with a declared major in Chemistry or Biochemistry to support undergraduate chemistry research at HSU. Required GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Humboldt Chemistry Scholarship ($1,500) - Available to upper division students with a declared major in Biochemistry or Chemistry. Required GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Dr. Richard Paselk Biochemistry/ Biophysics Scholarship ($1000-1500) - Availible to Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors conducting biophysics or biochemistry research with an HSU Chemistry department faculty member. Required GPA of 2.5 or higher, majoring in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, or Physics.
Charles and Judith Ferguson Dvorak Endowment Scholarship ($1000-1500) - Availible to students majoring in Chemistry, Enviornmental Toxicology, or Biochemistry
Larry Westmoreland Honored Professor Scholarship - The John Russell Chemistry Scholarship ($2000)- Available to students majoring in Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology, or Biochemistry. Required GPA of 2.75 or higher.
Scholarships Outside the Department:
Lillian E. Woodward Scholarship.
Purpose: Provide scholarships for full time students pursuing a degree in Biology or Chemistry with a curriculum emphasis in pre-pharmacy. Must have at least two semesters of coursework for degree completion and must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Selection to be determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Vera Woolford Scholarship.
Purpose: Provide scholarships for worthy students at Humboldt State University who are interested in and who are pursuing study of the medical sciences. Selection to be determined by the Financial Aid Office. No other application is required.
Malcolm Oliphant Scholarships in Marine Science.
Purpose: One graduate and one undergrad scholarship will be awarded on the basis of excellence. Work in progress at the Telonicher Marine Laboratory, Trinidad, will be one factor considered in the award of the scholarships. Students working on projects at the Marine Laboratory or working on marine science projects elsewhere that have implications for marine organisms are encouraged to apply. Academic promise will be demonstrated by scholastic achievement in at least two consecutive semesters of enrollment at HSU and by commentary provided by two faculty members familiar with the academic achievements of the applicant. Potential or promise for a productive career in some aspect of marine science will be considered.
Other scholarships, not specific to Chemistry majors can also be found through Humboldt State University's online scholarship application. The online application can be accessed through the Scholarships link on the home page of student's myHumboldt portal.
Hazardous Materials Information
Laboratory Safety Regulations
Chemistry Department Stockroom
EH&S Hazardous Materials Safety Information
Precaution and proper safety equipment are essential.
Hazard Identification Feedback Form
As part of our Injury and Illness Prevention Program the Department of Chemistry at Humboldt State University encourages employee and student feedback to help identify workplace hazards. A feedback form is provided on our website for this purpose. It can be submitted to the campus office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety, anonymously, if one so desires.
Material Safety Data Sheets
The EH&S Hazardous Materials Information website contains a list of useful Internet accessible MSDS servers.