Chemistry—MS, PhD

The Department of Chemistry offers research-intensive programs leading to MS and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science, biochemistry, and related disciplines. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in research groups of two to six people.

In this personalized environment, you become the primary expert on your topic and contribute to all aspects of the project. Students have direct, hands-on access to modern analytical instruments and often participate in interdisciplinary research. We are seeking students with a strong background in chemistry and the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue new and unsolved research questions.

"There are many ways to synthesize one molecule. The same applies to life, one destination can be achieved from multiple different paths, so, choose your own path."

Dhananjani Eriyagama (DJ), PhD Student Chemistry

Biochemistry projects include the development of biomolecular nanoparticles capable of targeted drug delivery, the molecular basis of lectin-mediated immune regulation and pathogen invasion, investigation of the metabolism of inositol phosphates in plants, and understanding the relationship between protein misfolding/aggregation and disease processes.

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Career Opportunities

A graduate degree in chemistry opens doors to many career opportunities.

We support the professional development of graduate students through opportunities in interdisciplinary teams and the sharing of research results within and beyond campus. Our alumni are contributing their expertise to companies large and small, from exciting start-ups to established companies such as Kimberly-Clark and Amgen to government laboratories including Brookhaven and Los Alamos.

Our graduates have a wide range of job titles including

  • Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Science Research Analyst
  • Senior Technical Problem Solver