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Alexander, Millard H., Full Member
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Weeks, John D., Full Member
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Davis, Jeffery T., Full Member
DeShong, Philip R., Full Member
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Salawitch, Ross J., Full Member
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Julin, Douglas A., Full Member
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Bellama, Jon M., Full Member
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Program Title and Classification
Graduate Degree Program
College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers graduate study leading to the PhD degree in Chemistry. Our PhD program in Chemistry has a strong core in the traditional fields of chemistry, including analytical chemistry, chemical physics (in cooperation with the Institute of Physical Sciences & Technology), environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to these traditional areas we also have interdisciplinary programs in contemporary areas such as nanoscience, chemical biology, energy sciences, materials chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry.
Admission to graduate study at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. Previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter hours of chemistry, with at least 1 year of physical chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of inorganic chemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. A laboratory course in analytical chemistry is also preferred. The following application materials are required: 1) Graduate application; 2) personal statement; 3) general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; 4) grade transcripts; 5) 3 letters of reference. The chemistry subject GRE score is not required but it can be helpful for a complete evaluation. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must also present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Description of Research/Work Experience
- GRE Subject (optional/highly recommended)
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall||Spring|
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
|17 Jan||17 Oct|
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
|17 Jan||26 Sep|
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.chem.umd.edu
Master of Science (M.S.)
|Total Credits||Core Requirements||Specialization Options|
Thesis option: 30 credits
Non-thesis option (scholarly paper): 30 credits
CHEM 611: Professional Skills for New Graduate Students (1 credit)
CHEM 612: Scientific Presentations (1 credit)
Thesis option: At least 12 of the 24 credits of coursework must be in Chemistry or Biochemistry numbered 600 or higher. In addition, students are required to complete six credits of CHEM 799: Master's Thesis Research.
Non-thesis option: At least 18 of the 24 credits of coursework must be in Chemistry or Biochemistry, of which at least 14 credits must be at or above the 600 level. In addition, students are required to complete six credits of CHEM 699: Special Problems in Chemistry, and submit a scholarly paper.
The M.S. degree program offers both the thesis and non-thesis options. Twenty-four course credits, two of which may be seminar credits, and 6 research credits are required for either option. The thesis option requires a seminar presentation and an oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis option requires writing a 'scholarly paper' that is reviewed by a committee of 3 faculty members. Copies of specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or on the internet at: www.chem.umd.edu.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1. Doctoral students must complete 21 credits of coursework, including the M.S. core requirements. Two credits of CHEM 889: Seminar are required. One credit of CHEM 889 can be counted towards the 21 credit requirement but only if that one credit is earned during the semester that the student presents a formal seminar.
2. At least 12 of the 21 credits of coursework must be in Chemistry or Biochemistry courses numbered 600 or higher.
3. In addition to the 21 credit requirement, 12 credits of CHEM 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research are required.
Twenty-one course credit hours, with twelve credits of research (Chem 898 and Chem 899 are counted), two seminar presentations, an oral exam for advancement to candidacy, and a dissertation defense are required for the doctoral degree.
Facilities and Special Resources
The Department has state-of-the-art research facilities to support research in the fields listed above. Facilities include "clean" rooms for environmental sample analysis, X-ray crystallographic instrumentation, numerous mass spectrometers, numerous NMR spectrometers including 400, 500, 600 and 800 MHz Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers; an XPS spectrometer, Atomic Force Microscopes, ultracentrifuges, analytical optical spectrometers, and a state-of-the-art computer graphics facility.
Departmental research is supported by a departmental server and many individual faculty work stations. The Department has access to electronics shop and campus machine shops. The Chemistry Library has an extensive collection in chemistry, biochemistry and other fields. Electronic access to journals and literature search databases is available. A Macintosh workstation facility (25 units) is available in the Department for student/faculty use.
Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year in graduate school as long as they are in good standing. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, a salary and health care benefits. In subsequent years, Ph.D. candidates are typically supported on graduate research assistantships or fellowships. Financial assistance is not typically available to M.S. candidates.
Information on requirements and research interests of the faculty may be obtained at www.chem.umd.edu or from:
Ms. Diane Canter, Program Management Specialist
Graduate Programs Office 0129, Chemistry Building,
University of Maryland-College Park
Telephone: (301) 405-1028
Fax: (301) 314-9121
Analytical, Environmental and Nuclear Chemistry; Biochemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Bio-organic Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Bio-analytical Chemistry; Nanochemistry; Supramolecular Chemistry