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Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships

Grad AssistantshipsGraduate students in good standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are paid an annual stipend of $24,230. Teaching assistants typically have responsibility for conducting their own research and coursework, as well as teaching two sections of laboratory, whereas research assistants are typically paid from research grants in lieu of teaching. As part of their degree requirements, all Ph.D. candidates are required to teach for at least two regular semesters.

Graduate Fellowships

Every year, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has four Bayer Fellowships available. These fellowships pay a $2500 supplement per year for two years in addition to the Fellow’s stipend. Applicants to our Ph.D. program will automatically be considered for a Bayer Fellowship. In addition, graduate assistants are encouraged to apply for nationally competitive fellowships.

Undergraduate Scholarships

  1. Bayer Scholars ProgramThe Bayer School Scholars Program is a cooperative program among Duquesne University, the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the Citizen Science Lab, and local industries for incoming freshmen who are from an under-represented population in the sciences.

    Benefits of this program can include participating in funded summer research experiences at Duquesne University, the Citizens Science lab, and/or local industry. Selection of your research experiences is flexible and can include participating in the Bayer School's Summer Undergraduate Research Program, a paid summer internship at the Citizen Science Lab, a second paid summer internship that is tailored to the student's area of interest. While holding these positions, you are mentored by Duquesne science faculty, Citizen Science Lab scientists and/or local industry science professionals. As a Bayer School Scholar, you also receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study while pursuing a degree in one of the majors offered by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Each of the following Departments or Programs will be admitting one Bayer School Scholar in fall 2018: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Environmental Science (through the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE)), and Forensic Science and Law.

    Here are some links related to the summer research opportunities related to the Bayer School Scholars Program.
  2. NSFNSF/S-STEM Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen and transfer students (2013-2017) who qualify as academically talented and economically disadvantaged. Scholarships typically pay $10,000 per year toward tuition expenses. NSF/S-STEM Scholars are required to attend regular meeting during the academic year, perform service projects, and are offered summer research opportunities. Eligibility is determined by representatives from the Department, in consultation with the Admissions Office and requires students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and some additional information with the Admissions Office.
  3. The Crable Endowment typically funds two junior and two senior Chemistry or Biochemistry majors. Crable Scholars typically receive funding for tuition, travel, and educational/research supplies. Applications are solicited by the Crable Mentor, a faculty member elected to a three-year term by a vote of the faculty, and selection is based on academic accomplishment. The scholarship is named for an alumnus of the department who established the endowment.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate ResearchWe encourage students to begin research as soon as possible and, indeed, students should approach faculty members to investigate beginning research as early as their freshman year. In addition, our summer Undergraduate Research Program is currently funded by the NSF/REU (2004-2015), NIH/SRE (2012-2016), and the NSF/S-STEM (2013-2017) programs, as well as the scholarship programs described above, the Department, the Bayer School, and individual research grants. Each summer, approximately 40-45 students participate in summer research in our department.

Seminars and Symposia

SeminarsThe department maintains an active seminar program, with one invited speaker each week, chosen from among the world leaders in our science. The program includes at least one speaker each year chosen by our students.

Research Centers

Research strengths in the department include several centers that provide collaborative opportunities between scientists from across the Duquesne campus with scholars from other universities and scientists in a variety of different industries:

  • Agilent Center of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry
  • Center for Computational Sciences