Graduate Advisement

Graduate Student Handbook available here

The Graduate Studies committee oversees student placement in research groups of graduate faculty as well as overall progress in the program.  Students generally meet with the committee, along with individual research directors, for course selection and advisement once a year.  In the first year of graduate study, students typically take 2-3 classes per semester and serve as teaching assistants to faculty in various undergraduate teaching settings.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the graduate education experience is the performance of an original research project.  The selection of a research laboratory is expected to occur before the end of the first semester in residence.  Students are encouraged to speak to several faculty before indicating their preference.  The final decision rests on the availability of positions in a group and approval of the graduate studies committee.  The following research-active faculty serve as mentors for graduate students.  Prospective students should contact faculty.

  • Fu-Sen Liang  (Biological Chemistry, Natural Products)
  • Jeremy Edwards (Biological Chemistry)
  • Yanq Qin (Polymer Chemistry, Solar Cells)
  • Chad Melancon (Biological Chemistry)
  • Debra Dunaway-Mariano (Biological Chemistry)
  • Terefe Habteyes (Photonics and Plasmonics, Physical Chemistry)
  • Ramesh Giri (Catalysis, Organometallic Chemistry)
  • John Grey (Physical Chemistry, Solar Cells)
  • Martin Kirk (Spectroscopy, Biological Chemistry)
  • Rick Kemp (Bond activation, Inorganic synthesis)
  • Hua Guo (Computational chemistry, Charge transfer, Catalysis)
  • David Keller (Physical Chemistry, Biological Chemistry)
  • Debi Evans (Computational Chemistry)
  • Wei Wang (Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry