The Department of Chemistry is staffed with 22 outstanding faculty actively involved in research and instruction. A very favorable faculty-to-student ratio encourages close contact between students and their faculty mentors, and allows the mentors to give personalized attention to the academic and research progress of each of their students. Such attention is not possible in larger departments. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards.
Our graduate programs are designed to provide students with a solid theoretical background in chemistry and to introduce students to the joy of participating in a challenging, creative research program. Our faculty view graduate students as developing investigators and partners in their research enterprises and are committed to their success and development as independent scientists. The department provides financial support to help students travel to regional and national meetings. This presents opportunities for students to present papers or posters on their own research results and to network with potential postdoctoral mentors and other employers. The success of this strategy is unquestionable because many of our M.S. and Ph.D. graduates occupy high-profile positions in academia, government, and private industry.
Charles L. Hussey
Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry