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 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_


Ph D, University of California, Irvine, 2005

Major: Organic Chemistry

BS, Boston College, 1999

Major: Biochemistry



Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry, Spring 2024

CHEM 2320

Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2024

CHEM 2320

Organic Chemistry II, Spring 2024


Chamberland, Stephen (Co-Author), Thulin, Craig (Co-Author), Twitchell, Nathan (Presenter & Author), 2024 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), "Comparative Analysis of Synthetic Deaminated Kynurenine versus Kynurenine Deaminated via Collision-Induced Dissociation", Council on Undergraduate Research, Long Beach, CA. (April 10, 2024)
Chamberland, Stephen (Co-Author), Thulin, Craig (Co-Author), Solorzano, Katherine (Presenter & Author), Beddes, Cassandra (Presenter & Author), Caruso, Abram (Presenter & Author), 2024 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), "Kynurenine Derivatives and Synthesis of Xanthommatin", Council on Undergraduate Research, Orem, UT. (February 15, 2024)
Chamberland, Stephen (Author Only), Payne, Morgan (Presenter & Author), 2023 UVU SCULPT Showcase, "Halogenation of ester derivatives of L-tyrosine N-oxime", Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. (April 5, 2023)
Payne, Morgan (Presenter & Author), Chamberland, Stephen (Author Only), 2023 Spring American Chemical Society National Meeting, "Halogenation of ester derivatives of L-tyrosine N-oxime", American Chemical Society, Indianapolis, IN. (March 26, 2023)
Payne, Morgan (Presenter & Author), Chamberland, Stephen (Author Only), 2023 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR), "Halogenation of ester derivatives of L-tyrosine N-oxime", Council on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, UT. (February 17, 2023)
Chamberland, Stephen (Presenter & Author), 2022 Biennial Conference on Chemistry Education, "Sarah Reisman, titan of organic synthesis_ Inculcating the contribution of female scientists in sophomore organic chemistry.", American Chemical Society, West Lafayette, IN. (August 3, 2022)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Payne, Morgan , Chamberland, Stephen , "Preparation of Achiral Spiro-2,6- Dihalocyclohexadienoneisoxazoline Derivatives of a Phenolic Oxime Via a Tandem Double-Halogenation, Oxidative-Dearomatization Sequence" . Organic Syntheses.
Payne, Morgan , Chamberland, Stephen , "Preparation Of Monohalogenated and Homo and Heterodihalogenated Derivatives of L-Tyrosine N-Oxime Methyl Ester" . Organic Syntheses.
Chamberland, Stephen , "A Classroom Activity Highlighting the Contributions of a Female Synthetic Organic Chemist" .
Chamberland, Stephen , "Development of a HUG (Historically Underrepresented Group) Infographic Assignment to Foster Awareness of the Contributions of Diverse Populations in Organic Chemistry" .
Maxfield, Kylee , Payne, Morgan , Chamberland, Stephen , (2022) "Total Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Clavatadines C-E" (Issue: 26, vol. 7). 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.


UVU Champion of Inclusion - College of Science EID Committee Member/Liaison

Utah Valley University - April 27, 2023

The UVU Champions of Inclusion Award is designed to recognize UVU Students, Faculty, Staff, Departments, and Community partners who advance the core themes of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity within the university.

There are 6 award categories, which are_
Student Champion Award - An individual student or group of students.
Faculty Champion Award - Any faculty member or instructor
Staff Champion Award - Any staff member or administrator
Department Award - Any UVU Department, Unit, or Center
EID Committee Award - Any EID Committee
Community Partner Award - Any groups on campus (student groups, committees, etc.)

HEA Senior Fellow

Higher Education Academy - August 16, 2022

Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA) is an advanced category of professional recognition for those with a sustained record of effectiveness in relation to learning and teaching.

Organic Syntheses, 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 Syntheses, Inc (OrgSyn) undergraduate student for ten weeks of full-time, faculty mentored research. Funding provides a $5,000 stipend to the OrgSyn Scholar and $3,000 for materials and supplies for two summers. https_//

Sabbatical Leave for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

UVU Academic Affairs - February 23, 2021

Sabbatical leave was awarded to carry out research alongside students at UVU, to seek external funding to support UVU scholarship, and to work to build a new science-focused course for non-science majors in the UVU Honor's Program (HONR 2100).

Attached is the award letter, application with supporting documents, and the post-sabbatical summary report.

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) and the American Chemical Society, the Jack L. Beal Award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of Natural Products each year by a young investigator. A two-tier process is used to determine the award winner. The four Associate editors of the Journal each nominate one paper for the Beal Award. The ASP President appoints an ad hoc committee to make the final selection.