Scholarships and Fellowships
Graduate students in good standing in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are paid an annual stipend of $23,175 (as of Fall 2013). 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 PhD candidates are required to teach for at least two regular semesters.
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 PhD program will automatically be considered for a Bayer Fellowship. In addition, graduate assistants are encouraged to apply for nationally competitive fellowships.
- The Bayer Scholars’ Program is designed to increase diversity in the STEM fields by supporting four Bayer Scholars, chosen each year from chemistry majors in the incoming freshman class, for the duration of their four years at Duquesne. Benefits to Bayer Scholars typically include full tuition for four years, early experience conducting original research, and mentoring on the corporate research and business environments. Bayer Scholars are required to attend regular meetings during the academic year, perform service projects for the university and community, and spend two summer internships in the Department and two summer internships at Bayer MaterialScience. We are grateful to the Bayer USA Foundation, Bayer MaterialScience, and the Bayer School for Natural and Environmental Sciences for initiating this program and to Bayer MaterialScience for considering its renewal beyond 2013-2014.
- NSF/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.
- 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.
We 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
The 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 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