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Research in the College of Arts & Sciences:

             When we talk about research we really are speaking about scholarship or a life of inquiry.  This can be in any of our disciplines, from English to Zoology. The unifying factor is that we all are students adding to the knowledge of our chosen discipline, and passionately interested in what we are discovering.  Every department in the College of Arts and Sciences houses faculty who are scholars; each of whom not only is dedicated to his or her own area of expertise, but also to the education of students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Undergraduate research is a large element in the College and we are especially proud of the faculty-student interactions that occur in the research programs sponsored by the continuously funded Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Program and the Noyce Scholars Program, among others and of our Goldwater Scholars in multiple departments.

            Some areas of groundbreaking research and scholarship where Arts & Sciences faculty are world leaders include innovative programs in technical communication, computational chemistry, nanophotonics and high energy physics.  We are one of four universities in Texas participating in the Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center system.  The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was shared by a member of our Geosciences Department. Fullbright Scholars, Mellon Foundation Fellows and Woodrow Wilson Fellows are found among our faculty.

            Collectively, over the past five years the Arts & Sciences faculty generated an average of more than $12 million dollars of externally-funded research.  The graduate program is robust; in the fall of 2008, 39% of the doctoral students in the university were enrolled in Arts and Sciences, as were 21% of the Masters students.

            The College of Arts & Sciences provides resources and programs and a supportive research community that attracts the best research minds to the TTU campus, and then supports their development as teachers and scholars.  We hire the most promising scholars and provide them with support to begin their research by competitive startup packages, research space and travel allowances, as needed by the demands of their scholarship. 

Mentoring programs both within the college and departments provide collegial support for new faculty for their first year.  As they begin independent research programs, collaborations with colleagues within the college, at the TTU Health Sciences Center, as well as TTU Centers and Institutes often develop.  Developing the next generation of scholars takes place in the form of guiding graduate students in their graduate courses and on research projects; they also serve as their mentors and guides by providing examples of ethical professional behavior.

            Our friends and alumni generously support scholarship and research needs in the College of Arts & Sciences.  They make a difference in the futures of students, faculty members and by contributing to facilities upkeep and development of new resources.  Our heartfelt thanks to all those to whom the College of Arts and Sciences has been, and continues to be, their academic home.




Dr. Guigen Li has received a four year award from NIH for the project “GAP Chemistry Approaches to Chiral Amino Acids, Peptides and Peptidomimetics” in the amount $ 1,060,111.

Dr Guigen Li is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Li is interested in the development of new achiral and chiral reagents, new reactions, their asymmetric versions and applications. He is also interested in bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, especially, in the study of new analgesic and anti-inflammatory agents, peptide and peptidomimetic drug design, synthesis and structure-activity-relationship (SAR) studies that are important for treating diseases, such as AIDS, cancer and diabetes. Gap chemistry, which stands for Group-Assistant-Purification chemistry is an approach  that combine economic, environmental and green aspects to  enable organic synthesis without traditional purification procedures.

Congratulations Dr. Li from your colleagues in Arts and Sciences.