Stephen Chamberland

Faculty Member

Steve Chamberland


I joined the Chemistry Department at UVU in fall 2015. Prior to this I was an assistant professor of chemistry at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, and a post-doctoral research scholar at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. The most rewarding aspect of my Ph.D. in Chemistry with emphasis in synthetic and computational organic chemistry from the University of California, Irvine (Go Anteaters!) was working with extremely unstable, ionized chemicals. Tackling the most challenging projects is a huge part of my work ethic.

Teaching interests include lecture and laboratory courses in organic chemistry, synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry, and structure determination. The challenge of learning organic chemistry is rather universally acknowledged and found its way into popular culture, as bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell writes in his 2013 book David and Goliath, "Many people find organic chemistry nearly impossible..." . Moreover, teaching one of the most challenging undergraduate courses during the COVID pandemic renewed my commitment to provide engaging and effective instruction both in person and online to promote student learning and personal connection with the material. My love of history, art, political science, and biology is well represented in my chemistry courses. My primary research focus is to find new ways to make biologically active, naturally occurring chemical compounds that have never before been made by humans. Please visit my research website for more information_

*On sabbatical leave during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Ph D, University of California, Irvine, 2005

Major: Organic Chemistry

BS, Boston College, 1999

Major: Biochemistry


CHEM 2320

Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2021

CHEM 2320

Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2021


Undergraduate Research in Chemistry, Spring 2021


Davenport, Michael T (Author Only), Dickson, Jordan A (Author Only), Johnson, Matthew R (Author Only), Chamberland, Stephen (Presenter & Author), Spring 2022 American Chemical Society National Meeting, "Total synthesis of clavatadine B by direct, early stage guanidinylation", American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA. (March 24, 2022)
Maxfield, Kylee (Presenter & Author), Chamberland, Steve (Author Only), Spring 2022 American Chemical Society National Meeting, "Total Synthesis of Clavatadine C–E", American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA. (March 24, 2022)
Rocks, Sally (Presenter & Author), Chamberland, Stephen (Author Only), Halling, Merrill (Author Only), Spring 2022 American Chemical Society National Meeting, "Development of a molecular structure determination course", American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA. (March 20, 2022)
Chamberland, Stephen (Presenter & Author), Spring 2022 American Chemical Society National Meeting, "Like a Sponge_ Undergraduate-Driven Total Synthesis of Marine Natural Products, invited oral presentation in the Successful Products and Models of Undergraduate-Based Research_ Good Science, Better Scientists Symposium", American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA. (March 20, 2022)
Maxfield, Kylee (Presenter & Author), Chamberland, Stephen (Author Only), 2022 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), "Total Synthesis of Clavatadine C and D", Council on Undergraduate Research, St. George, UT. (February 24, 2022)
Chamberland, Stephen (Presenter & Author), Wathen, Mark (Author Only), Morris, Trevor (Author Only), 256th American Chemical Society National Meeting, "The Metacognitive Exam Tool to Help You Learn (METHYL) project for sophomore organic chemistry", American Chemical Society. (August, 2018)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Maxfield, Kylee , Payne, Morgan , Chamberland, Stephen , (2022) "Total Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Clavatadines C-E" (vol. Article ASAP). ACS Omega.
Stephen, Chamberland , Michael, Davenport T., Dickson, Jordan A., Matthew, Johnson R., (2019) "Total Synthesis of Clavatadine B" (vol. 82). Journal of Natural Products.
Chamberland, Stephen , Malmberg, Christopher E., (2016) "A direct, early stage guanidinylation protocol for the synthesis of complex aminoguanidine-containing natural products" (vol. 115). Journal of Visualized Experiments.
Chamberland, Stephen , Conn, Stephanie J., Vreeland, Shannon M., Wexler, Alexandra N., (2015) "Total Synthesis of Clavatadine A" (vol. 78). Journal of Natural Products.
Chamberland, Stephen , Buchanan, Jacob C., Petersen, Brandon P., (2013) "Concise Total Synthesis of Phidianidine A and B" (vol. 54). Tetrahedron Letters.
Chamberland, Stephen , Grüschow, Sabine , Sherman, David H., Williams, Robert M., (2009) "Synthesis of Potential Early-Stage Intermediates in the Biosynthesis of FR900482 and Mitomycin C" (vol. 11). Organic Letters.


Organic Synthesis, Inc. Grant for Summer Research at a Principally Undergraduate Institution

American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry - February 2, 2022

Provides $16,000 in funding for Summer 2022 and Summer 2023 to sponsor an Organic Synthesis (OrgSyn) undergraduate Summer Scholar for ten weeks of full-time, faculty mentored research. Funding provides a $5,000 stipend to the OrgSyn Summer Scholar and $3,000 for materials and supplies annually. https_//

Sabbatical Leave for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

UVU Academic Affairs - April, 2021

Sabbatical awarded to carry out research and to create a new science-focused course for non-science majors in the UVU Honor's Program (HONR 2100)

2018 Faculty Excellence Award

UVU Faculty Senate - April, 2018

The purpose of the Faculty Senate Faculty Excellence Award is to recognize full-time and adjunct faculty who have made significant contributions to UVU's mission through demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

2016 Jack L. Beal Award

American Society of Pharmacognosy - July, 2016

Sponsored by the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP), the Jack L. Beal Award recognizes the best paper published each year by a young investigator in the Journal of Natural Products. A two-tier process is used to determine the winners every year. The journal editors nominate four papers for the Beal Award, and the ASP President appoints an ad hoc committee to make the final selections.

Dean's List - Boston College

College of Arts and Sciences - May, 1999

7 out of 8 semesters. The only semester I missed was when I took 20 credits, so I don't recommend taking 20 credits.