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Internships Available

Cayman Chemical is looking to fill five internship slots for chemistry students and one for a biochemistry student.  The positions begin May 5 and run through August.  To apply, send a resume, with cover letter, to Cheryl Katchmeric at ckatchmeric@caymanchem.com or go to their website at caymanchem.com/hr and click on "View All Job Opportunities" and then "Internships, Science".

NSF International also has several internship positions available in Chemistry (and Toxicology) at their Ann Arbor site.   Go to their website at careers.nsf.org and search for positions in Ann Arbor (or search for temporary positions in Chemistry).

Careers in Chemistry

If you are wondering what you can do with a chemistry degree, the American Chemical Society has a lot of information available on its website.  Follow this link to www.acs.org/collegetocareer.

Registration Questions?

See our advising page for useful information and a list of departmental advisers that you can contact.


This tip brought to you by CHEM 115: Chemistry and Society.

  • Fall 2014 sections of CHEM 115 are offered TR 11AM-12:15PM (CRN 10246) and TR 2-3:15PM (CRN 10247)
  • The overall theme of the course for Fall 2014 is "Better Living through Chemistry!" We will explore the chemical reactions that take place in such contexts as
  • Food, drugs, and beverages (adult and otherwise)Ceramics and other art formsAir, water, and plasticsYou! (genetics, metabolism, love and attraction, etc.)
  • There will be no textbook for the Fall 2014 sections, just electronic (free!) resources. Questions? Contact Dr Amy Flanagan Johnson at ajohns82@emich.edu
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Upcoming Seminars

All Seminars are Monday at 4:00 pm in room 156 Science Complex, unless noted otherwise.

There are no seminars currently scheduled.

For a complete listing of departmental seminars, click the link to our Seminars page.

Faculty Spotlight

Two Chemistry Department faculty members have notable service anniversaries this year.  Dr. Maria Milletti is completing her 25th year and Dr. Tim Friebe is completing his 15th year.

Dr. Tim Friebe Dr. Friebe is a synthetic organic chemist with an active research program involving students.  Dr. Friebe's commitment to students has led him to assume many important service activities within the Chemistry Department, such as chair of the Assessment Committee, the pre-pharmacy adviser, and, most notably, the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator.

Dr. Maria Milletti Dr. Milletti is a computational chemist with a background in inorganic chemistry,  She leads a very active research group with many of her students presenting at the undergraduate symposium, as well as various regional and national conferences.  Her recent work has been supported by an American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund grant.  Twice, over the past fifteen years, Dr. Milletti has been willing to step in and serve as Interim Department Head (serving for a total of 2.3 years in this capacity).


Recent Additions to the Website

A number of summer internships are currently available at Cayman Chemical and NSF International.  See the box in the upper right for contact information.  Posted 4/11/14.

We have added a new section specifically aimed at new students and transfer students.  It be accessed through the menu on the left side of the screen.  Posted 4/2/14.

On the Co-op page, and the Employment Opportunities page, we have added links to websites for NSF International, Cayman Chemical, and the US Government where full-time, part-time and intern positions are routinely posted.  Revised 4/11/14.

The Spring 2014 edition of the Chemistry Department Newsletter is now available.  Posted 3/25/14.

Friends of the Rouge, an environmental non-profit based in Dearborn, has a unique volunteer opportunity with the Rouge Education Project specifically for college students.  Click here to see a flyer with more information.  Posted 2/12/14.

Contact Us

The Department of Chemistry is located in the recently expanded and completely renovated Mark Jefferson Science Complex. We have staff offices and labs throughout the building.  The Chemistry Department office is room 541 and is open from 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday.  The phone number is (734)487-0106.

Department Head:  Steven Pernecky, Ph.D.

Senior Secretary:  Carolyn Jackson

Office Secretary:  Carol Orlowski

If you are interested in our programs, there is a lot of information available by clicking on the links found in the left-hand navigational pane.  You can also contact the appropriate coordinator:

Undergraduate Coordinator:  Tim Friebe, Ph.D.

Graduate Coordinator:  Tim Brewer, Ph.D.

If you would like to see something that is missing from our website, have information to share, or have other constructive suggestions, we would like to hear from you.  Contact us at rnord@emich.edu.

EMU Location and Vicinity

Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti,MI, which is adjacent to Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan.  This proximity allows for active collaborations between faculty and students from both schools and access to additional facilities.  Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the surrounding townships make up a metropolitan area of over 300,000 people with ample cultural, recreational, and sporting events year-round.  The cities of Detroit (30 miles away) and Toledo (40 miles away) are also within easy driving distance.  However, one need travel only a short distance out-of-town to find farmland and open countryside. Nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as boating, fishing, hunting, and skiing, are plentiful.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344