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The Chemistry Master's program provides knowledge, skills and discovery within the chemical sciences. The program prepares candidates for professional employment in chemistry, for teaching at the community college or secondary level, and for graduate studies beyond the M.S. level in chemistry and related fields. Primary focus is on a research project that culminates in a written thesis or project report and an oral defense, supplemented with advanced course work in chemistry or related disciplines. Research is offered in a variety of fields including interdisciplinary work in organic, inorganic, physical, computational, analytical, environmental, biochemistry, and chemistry education.
The Department of Chemistry is housed in a $60 million state-of-the-art science building that is fully equipped with an array of modern instrumentation (NMR, FTIR, HPLC, GC-MS, UV-Vis, IC, fluorescence spectroscopy, etc.) as well as computational facilities. Additional instrumentation is available for shared use in other departments on the CWU campus as well as in regional facilities.
The graduate program curriculum includes advanced course work as well as laboratory research culminating in a written thesis or project report and an oral defense.
Details on the course offerings, including descriptions of these classes, can be found in a separate handout or from the chemistry web site: http://www.cwu.edu/chemistry/chemistry-quarter-schedules
All applicants are encouraged to apply for teaching/research/staff assistantships, decisions on the assistantships will be made based on the applicant's GPA, GRE scores, recommendation letters, teaching/research experience, and various other factors.
Incoming students are expected to have earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry or a related field (equivalent to those offered at CWU; see requirements for the B.S. and B.A. degrees in chemistry) and demonstrate potential for superior scholarship. Applicants must provide Graduate Record Examination scores for the General Test. International students for whom English is a second language must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate their English proficiency. Application materials may be obtained through the School of Graduate Studies and Research website listed above.
A completed research project is the cornerstone of the graduate program in chemistry. Following is a list of graduate faculty mentors and their respective areas of interest from which a student can choose:
Timothy Beng (firstname.lastname@example.org) Development of synthetic methodology for efficient and expedient construction and functionalization of nitrogen and oxygen-containing heterocycles, for eventual application in natural and unnatural product synthesis.
Sam Lohse (email@example.com)
Investigations of Environmental and Biological Interactions of Functionalized Nanoparticles.
Carin Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We study the effects of environmental contaminants and nanoparticles on biological systems, examining how these chemicals interact with reactive oxygen species and antioxidants to affect cellular and mitochondrial function.
Beng and Antonio Moreno (CWU’s 2019 Distinguished Thesis Award Winner) publish three papers inGe Group Publishes In The Chemical Educator And ACS Omega
Yingbin Ge, Anna Le, Gregory J. Marquino, Phuc Q. Nguyen, Kollin Trujillo, Morgan Schimelfenig, and