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Chemical Research At Texas (CREATE) is a program whose mission is to provide research experience to community college students. CREATE achieves this by hosting research seminars and organizing STEM-focused summer internships at the University of Texas at Austin with support provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Historically, CREATE's seminar series has featured speakers from UT Austin. This year, CREATE is proud to partner with the Center for Adapting Flaws into Features (CAFF), and will expand our seminar series to include presentations from researchers working in CAFF. During spring semesters, students are invited to attend research seminars with guest speakers from UT Austin and CAFF. These seminars help introduce topics related to chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. Their purpose is two-fold: increase curiosity in research and help narrow down topics of interest.


Prior to applying to CREATE’s summer internship program, applicants are encouraged to explore the research group pages of participating research faculty mentors at UT Austin listed below. It is recommended that applicants identify their top three research faculty mentors so we can pair them with a project they are eager to explore. Research from CREATE alumni has ranged from investigating novel materials for batteries and solar energy generation to developing new molecules for improved MRI imaging and medical instruments.


CREATE summer interns will receive both course credit via UT Austin’s Extension Program and financial support via a research stipend.

Program Update for Summer 2022

CREATE’s summer research program will run for 8.5 weeks starting on Wednesday, June 1st and ending on Friday, July 29th. This year, the program will be held at UT Austin’s campus and applicants can expect to work in a research laboratory in either the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Molecular Biosciences at UT Austin. Participants will be paired with a faculty research mentor and investigate at least one project focused on a current topic in chemical research. To conclude the program and demonstrate their understanding, participants will present their contributions and topic during CREATE’s Summer 2022 Poster Session on Friday, July 29. Throughout this program, participants will have the opportunity to refine their laboratory techniques, work with UT faculty and student researchers, and earn course credit via UT Extension.

We will continue to monitor UT’s policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and post any changes to this website and social media. To learn more about this program, including how to apply, please visit our information page.

CREATE Leadership Team


Sean Roberts, Ph.D.
UT Austin

  • Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry

  • Fellow of the William H. Wade Endowed Professorship in Chemistry

Dr. Roberts has served the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin since 2014. He co-developed the Honors Organic Chemistry Course at ACC and is the founder of Chemical Research at Texas, formerly known as Green Energy at Texas.​ ​


Emily Que, Ph.D.
UT Austin

  • Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry

  • Joseph J. & Jeanne M. Lagowski Regents Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Que has served the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin since Summer 2014. She has developed a series of Gd-based contrast agents and was awarded the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award (2010). Her research areas include bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology.


Shawn Amorde, Ph.D.

  • Professor - Department of Chemistry

Dr. Amorde co-developed the Honors Organic Chemistry course at ACC with Dr. Roberts. It is a research experience module that introduces ACC students to chemical research by allowing them to design, synthesize, and characterize a library of organic dyes and pigments with potential utility for energy applications.


Samantha Soebbing, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry

  • Faculty Mentor - Science, Engineering & Math Area of Study

  • Tutor - Highland Campus Learning Lab


Dr. Soebbing has served ACC students since Fall 2016.  Previously, she was a faculty member at Nashville State Community College.  Her research interests in graduate school and her post-doctoral fellowship were protein design and radiochemistry.