Graduate Programs in Chemistry

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Award-Winning Faculty. Interdisciplinary Research. Exceptional Resources and Location.

Our mission is to conduct preeminent research, provide forward-thinking instruction in the chemical sciences, and perform service activities that will positively impact our campus, society, and the world. Our program has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching, with diverse classes, advanced facilities, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and collaborative research opportunities. Our faculty and students receive numerous prestigious research awards and fellowships, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship.

The Ultimate Ph.D. Experience

We have the resources to help you become an independent scientist and launch a successful career. Our program has over 200 graduate students engaging in research across six areas of study: analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, organic, physical, and chemical physics. We encourage and support graduate research that transends traditional academic boundaries by bringing together faculty from departments across campus, including the School of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Biological Sciences and the Genome Center.

Students pursuing their Ph.D. receive a competitive salary, tuition and fees paid for and comprehensive health insurance. All applications are also considered for merit-based fellowships with admission.

A Research Based M.S.

Students in the M.S. degree program in Pharmaceutical Chemistry will gain an in-depth understanding of the experimental and computational processes and societal issues that surround the discovery and design of modern pharmaceuticals. The program is intended for students seeking to be employed as research chemists in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

A Framework for Diversity

We actively recruit graduate students with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews. Women comprise over 40% of graduate students in our department and over 20% of our faculty. We are also committed to providing additional financial support and mentoring to underrepresented minorities and students with disabilities beginning their doctoral studies.

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