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The Department of Chemistry offers researchbased programs leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science and related disciplines. The department also collaborates with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to offer a Masters International Peace Corps program in Applied Science Education (www.ed.mtu.edu/peacecorps) which allows students to combine service in the Peace Corps with an MS degree. In addition to research, degree requirements include course work (MS and PhD), qualifying exams (PhD), and presentation of your written thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).

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  • Create the Future . . . Change the World.

    Graduate Programs in Chemistry

    Admission RequirementsIn addition to all requirements of the Graduate School, the Department of Chemistry requires three letters of recommendation and the general GRE. Review of applications begins January 15 for fall admission. Students are not generally admitted for spring semester. Qualified students are supported with teaching or research assistantships.

    About Michigan TechMichigan Technological University is a leading public research university of international stature, conducting research, developing new technologies, and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, forestry and environmental sciences, computer sciences, technology, business and economics, natural sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences.

    Michigan Technological University www.mtu.edu

    Graduate School www.gradschool.mtu.edu

    International Programs and Services www.ips.mtu.edu

    How to Apply

    1. Download an application form from the Graduate School webpage.

    APPLY ONLINE FOR FREE!

    2. Submit the completed application online, or mail or fax it to the Graduate School.

    3. Track the status of your application online.

    Visit the Graduate School webpage for complete details about admissions and program requirements.

    www.gradschool.mtu.edu

    Michigan Technological University1400 Townsend Drive

    Houghton, MI 49931-1295

    Graduate SchoolPhone: 906-487-2327

    Fax: 906-487-2284

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    Department of Chemistry Telephone: 906-487-2048

    Fax: 906-487-2061

    Email: chemistry-grad-l@mtu.edu

    www.chemistry.mtu.edu

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    www.gradschool.mtu.edu

    Graduate Programs in Chemistry

  • The Department of Chemistry offers research-based programs leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science and related disciplines.

    The department also collaborates with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to offer a Masters International Peace Corps program in Applied Science Education (www.ed.mtu.edu/peacecorps) which allows students to combine service in the Peace Corps with an MS degree.

    In addition to research, degree requirements include course work (MS and PhD), qualifying exams (PhD), and presentation of your written thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).

    Personalized Attention, Opportunities for ExcellenceAll MS and PhD students in chemistry work closely with a faculty advisor in research groups of two to six. In this personalized environment, students become the primary experts on their topic and contribute to all aspects of the project. Students have direct, hands-on access to department instruments and often participate in interdisciplinary research. Most eligible students receive financial support through teaching or research assistantships.

    We are looking for students with a strong background in chemistry and the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue new and unsolved research questions.

    Leading-Edge FacilitiesThe chemistry department maintains modern analytical instruments, including a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, and an electrospray mass spectrometer. Gas, liquid, and supercritical fluid chromatographs, and UV-Vis, atomic absorption, fluorescence, and FTIR spectrometers are also available. Specialized equipment includes a laser Raman spectrometer, a supercritical fluid extraction system, an X-ray diffractometer, flow injection analyzers, a gel permeation chromatograph, and thermal analyzers.

    Faculty Research Areasn analytical/environmental

    n biochemistry

    n chemical education

    n inorganic

    n materials chemistry/nanochemistry

    n organic/medicinal

    n physical/theoretical

    n polymer

    n solid state

    Research OpportunitiesOur students conduct breakthrough research in areas as diverse as molecular probes in medicinal chemistry; design of chiral ligands and synthesis of combinatorial libraries; bio-organic projects including recombinant expression of alkaline phytase and signal transduction in plants; mutational analysis of proteins and chemical synthesis of inhibitors; identification of transient radical compounds in tobacco smoke; synthesis and analysis of ultrasensitive fluorescent probes; polymer synthesis and testing related to nanoparticles, nanofibers, and bio-composites; vibrational spectroscopy of solid-state structure; theoretical/computational chemistry projects on nanoscale materials and phase equilibria in complex systems; and the development of quantum chemistry methods and computer programs focusing on the coupled-cluster theory as applied in organic and bio-inorganic chemistry. For more information about these and other exciting projects, please visit our website, www.chemistry.mtu.edu/pages/graduate/.

    Points of Priden Chemistry students have coauthored over thirty publications in the past two years.

    n Research funding has more than tripled in three years.

    n Many students (close to one-third in recent years) present their research at national meetings.

    n Departmental research is supported by diverse agencies, including NSF, NIH, USDA, and EPA.

    n Nobel laureate Melvin Calvin was an alumnus of Michigan Techs Department of Chemistry.

    Graduate Programs in Chemistry

    www.chemistry.mtu.edu

  • The Department of Chemistry offers research-based programs leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees in Chemistry, giving talented, motivated students the chance to make discoveries in chemical science and related disciplines.

    The department also collaborates with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to offer a Masters International Peace Corps program in Applied Science Education (www.ed.mtu.edu/peacecorps) which allows students to combine service in the Peace Corps with an MS degree.

    In addition to research, degree requirements include course work (MS and PhD), qualifying exams (PhD), and presentation of your written thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).

    Personalized Attention, Opportunities for ExcellenceAll MS and PhD students in chemistry work closely with a faculty advisor in research groups of two to six. In this personalized environment, students become the primary experts on their topic and contribute to all aspects of the project. Students have direct, hands-on access to department instruments and often participate in interdisciplinary research. Most eligible students receive financial support through teaching or research assistantships.

    We are looking for students with a strong background in chemistry and the motivation and enthusiasm to pursue new and unsolved research questions.

    Leading-Edge FacilitiesThe chemistry department maintains modern analytical instruments, including a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, and an electrospray mass spectrometer. Gas, liquid, and supercritical fluid chromatographs, and UV-Vis, atomic absorption, fluorescence, and FTIR spectrometers are also available. Specialized equipment includes a laser Raman spectrometer, a supercritical fluid extraction system, an X-ray diffractometer, flow injection analyzers, a gel permeation chromatograph, and thermal analyzers.

    Faculty Research Areasn analytical/environmental

    n biochemistry

    n chemical education

    n inorganic

    n materials chemistry/nanochemistry

    n organic/medicinal

    n physical/theoretical

    n polymer

    n solid state

    Research OpportunitiesOur students conduct breakthrough research in areas as diverse as molecular probes in medicinal chemistry; design of chiral ligands and synthesis of combinatorial libraries; bio-organic projects including recombinant expression of alkaline phytase and signal transduction in plants; mutational analysis of proteins and chemical synthesis of inhibitors; identification of transient radical compounds in tobacco smoke; synthesis and analysis of ultrasensitive fluorescent probes; polymer synthesis and testing related to nanoparticles, nanofibers, and bio-composites; vibrational spectroscopy of solid-state structure; theoretical/computational chemistry projects on nanoscale materials and phase equilibria in complex systems; and the development of quantum chemistry methods and computer programs focusing on the coupled-cluster theory as applied in organic and bio-inorganic chemistry. For more information about these and other exciting projects, please visit our website, www.chemistry.mtu.edu/pages/graduate/.

    Points of Priden Chemistry students have coauthored over thirty publications in the past two years.

    n Research funding has more than tripled in three years.

    n Many students (close to one-third in recent years) present their research at national meetings.

    n Departmental research is supported by diverse agencies, including NSF, NIH, USDA, and EPA.

    n Nobel laureate Melvin Calvin was an alumnus of Michigan Techs Department of Chemistry.

    Graduate Programs in Chemistry

    www.chemistry.mtu.edu

  • Create the Future . . . Change the World.

    Graduate Programs in Chemistry

    Admission RequirementsIn addition to all requirements of the Graduate School, the Department of Chemistry requires three letters of recommendation and the general GRE. Review of applications begins January 15 for fall admission. Students ar