Message from the Department Chair

Our mission is to advance discovery in the chemical sciences. We strive to provide our students with a breadth of education in modern chemistry and biochemistry, and with a variety of opportunities to explore specialized education and research in greater depth. Through our programs, our undergraduates and graduate students will gain the knowledge and the skills they need to find and build excellent careers in research, education, government, and industry. Supported by state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and research facilities, our faculty are engaged in instruction and research spanning all areas of chemistry, with special focuses on forensic chemistry, RNAs, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, material sciences, biochemistry, and biophysics. We are working hard every day to build a better chemistry community for training our students and advancing our research. We are grateful for all of the support we have received. I am especially delighted to report that in 2015, two new endowments were set up for our students: the Arthur Long Teaching Award and the Morris and Rita Deutsch Scholarship Fund. As we continue to meet the challenges ahead, we are committed to reach new heights in building better and richer research and educational programs for our students.

I encourage you to learn about us by exploring this site and by arranging a visit to our Department.

Li Niu
Professor and Chair

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