Ph.D. in Chemistry

The Ph.D. in Chemistry program emphasizes student research and individual mentorship. You will learn to write grant proposals for research funding, while designing, conducting and analyzing research in advanced laboratory courses. As you develop your scientific knowledge and laboratory expertise, you will also acquire abilities that are vital to a successful scientific career: planning, teamwork, analysis, and communication skills in a laboratory environment. By learning best practices in a clinical setting and experiencing the research process, you will graduate fully prepared for your career in the laboratory. 

Research Rotation

The centerpiece of the first year of study is the research rotation program. The objective of the rotation phase of the program is to expose students to the nature of research-driven investigation. After evaluating the department's ongoing research, the student selects up to two research groups for semester-long rotations, along with a mentoring committee to monitor their progress. There is limited required coursework during the first year of the Ph.D. program. In order to accomodate students with all undergraduate research backgrounds, the department offers a wide variety of applied research short courses.

With the successful completion of the first year of rotation, students are considered for advancement to the Ph.D. program. All students then select a research project and develop an individualized curriculum in conjunction with their advisor and dissertation committee.

Dissertation Research

In the following years, students actively engage in dissertation research, engage in fundamental and upper-level courses, recommended by their committee and write and defend an original research proposal.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for both summer (July) and winter (January) enrollment. Priority will be given to applications received by January 15th for summer enrollment and by July 15th for winter enrollment.

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Program Information

The Ph.D. in Chemistry program emphasizes student research and individual mentorship. You will learn to write grant proposals for research funding, while designing, conducting and analyzing research in advanced laboratory courses.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Ph.D. program.

  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores (waived for 2023 applications)
  • TOEFL Score of 100, equivalent IELTS or DuoLingo scores are accepted
  • Transcript Evaluation (WES, others)

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Thomas Montgomery

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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