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New Job Posting

A part-time entry level chemistry positon is available in the Ypsilanti extraction lab of National Testing Laboratories, LTD.  This position is well-suited to a recent graduate.

They also list a Laboratory Director position (Ypsilanti, MI location) on their website.  http://www.ntllabs.com/careers.html  Posted 6/8/15.

Registration Questions?

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

Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI) 2015

SSRI Poster Session 2014Once again, there will be special SSRI programming for STEM students involved in summer research projects.  A schedule of these activities can be obtained by clicking here.  If you are interested in participating, talk to your research adviser or to one of the faculty organizers listed on the schedule.

Upcoming Seminars

Seminars are on Mondays at 4:00 in room 156, Science Complex, unless specified otherwise.

The following is most likely cancelled:  During the week of June 22, Mark Torregrossa, Meterologist (part of the SSRI lecture series).  Updated 6/22/15.

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

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.

Links to Library Resources

On the Student Resources page (see main menu at the left), we have links to several webpages hosted by the EMU library. These webpages contain links to sites useful for searching for chemical databases, journals, or educational materials.

Upcoming Events

See the Calendar of Events for additional information about annual department events.

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

Click on the links in the left-hand menu to obtain a lot of useful, up-to-date information.  Department contact information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Recent Chemistry Department News

Dr. Brittany Albaugh Dr. Brittany Albaugh will join the department this fall as its newest biochemistry faculty member.  Dr. Albaugh's research targets epigenetic proteins implicated in cancer development through drug discovery and gene regulation. She is excited to develop her cancer epigenetics research program at EMU and will be looking for motivated and enthusiastic students with an interest in learning a diverse array of techniques in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, epigenetics and cancer biology.  Additional information about Dr. Albaugh can be found on her departmental webpage.  Posted 6/8/15.

Dr. William RoushDr. William Roush, an internationally-recognized organic, synthetic chemist, presented the Regent Beth Fitzsimmons seminars.  These seminars are annually given as part of the Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI).  Dr. Roush is associate dean of graduate studies and executive director of medicinal chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute.  Click here to see the University press release with more information about Dr. Roush and the SSRI.  Updated 6/8/15.

Brian SamuelsSeven members of the Chemistry Department have notable service anniversaries this year.  They include three valuable members of our staff, two faculty members, one full-time lecturer, and our department head.  Click here to see who they are and read more about them.  Posted 4/22/15.

Sean Blackburn presenting at the Undergraduate Symposium28 Chemistry students present at the Undergraduate Symposium.  The 35th EMU Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the Student Center on Friday, March 27.  The program included 23 presentations sponsored by the Chemistry Department representing the work of 28 chemistry students.  Click here to see pictures and a listing of all of the Chemistry Department presentations.  Posted 4/7/15.

Dr. Nirit Glazer Dr. Nirit Glazer, a part-time lecturer in the EMU Chemistry Department has recently published two research articles.  The first article is entitled "Student perceptions of learning data-creation and data-analysis skills in an introductory college-level chemistry course" and appeared in Chemistry Education Research and Practice.  The second article is entitled "Formative Plus Summative Assessment in Large Undergraduate Courses: Why Both?" and appeared in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  Posted 3/30/15.

Dr. Donald Wall How a Pre-Law student became a Nuclear Scientist:  Dr. Donald Wall reflects upon his time at EMU.  Dr. Donald Wall is the director of the Nuclear Radiation Center at Washington State University and a 1990 graduate of EMU with a degree in Chemistry.  Click here to read Dr. Wall's story of how taking a general education course totally changed his career path.  Posted 3/4/15.

Dr. Cory Emal Professor Cory Emal is a recent patent recipient.  Dr. Emal, along with colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland, received U.S. Patent 8,759,327 on June 29, 2014 for the design of molecules linked to controlling the buildup of plaque that leads to blood clots and blocked arteries in the circulatory system.  Click here to read the full University Press Release.  Posted 1/9/15.



A complete list of Chemistry Department News stories and short items can be obtained by clicking on the link.


Contact Us

Dr. Steven Pernecky

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:  Tracey Grant

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