Graduate Program in Chemistry

Student success is at the core of our graduate program that serves an ethnically diverse and highly talented student body.  Students who have received their M.S. or Ph.D. degree from our program are employed in a large variety of industrial settings, including Fortune 500 companies; or work at colleges and universities around the globe.

Our outstanding faculty conduct world-class research in biochemistry as well as analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.  Many of the research topics that are being pursued by our exceptional graduate students are built around interdisciplinary themes in the areas of biomedical research (bioanalytical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, biophotonics, nanomedicine, and molecular/cell biology), materials science (nanomaterials, liquid crystals, photonic materials, spectroscopy, separations, and surface science) and environmental research (atmospheric chemistry, environmental remediation).  The research of our faculty is funded through grants from federal (e.g., NIH, NSF, NOAA, DOE) as well as state agencies.

Our graduate program offers generous stipends, a student health insurance plan and modern family leave policies.  The suburban setting of our campus provides a safe and inspiring environment to pursue your educational goals.

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about our graduate program and hope that you will find these web pages informative.

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Public Good

The Chemistry graduate program at Kent State University serves the public good through its successful graduates who go on to positions as researchers and educators.  We also serve the public good through the research that is conducted by faculty and graduate students as they collaborate on dissertation research.  For example, our graduate students investigate atmospheric aeresols (Lee), nanostructured materials (Jaroniec), new pharmacological treatments (Basu), and new liquid crystalline and photonic materials (Twieg).

Our Faculty

Jaroniec is a leader for the fabrication and characterization of mesoporous materials. Twieg is a leader in his field for the synthesis of advanced fluorophores. Students in our graduate program work in closer collaboration with faculty mentors at Kent State than they do at most of our competing programs.  This closer collaboration means better and more personal faculty guidance throughout the dissertation project(s).  Our graduate students have access to an array of the most advanced chemical analysis instrumentation including NMR spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers, mass spectrometers, and chromatographic equipment.

Our Alumni

Our many Ph.D. and M.S. alumni are productively employed throughout N.E. Ohio, Ohio, and beyond.  Kimberly Kuhls is an M.S. graduate who is now a manager for General Electric in Twinsburg (Reuter-Stokes), and Richard Lavrich is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Charleston College (SC) after holding positions at NIST and EPA.  This past June I passed one of the most well respected spectroscopists world-wide (Dr. Jon Hougen; NIST), and he kept talking about how good it was to work with Rich.  One of our Department's first Ph.D. graduate students is Professor George Newkome, now Vice Presdent for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Akron.  Professor Newkome made a tremendous impact in Chemistry with his development of the field of dendrimer chemistry. 

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