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Registration Questions?

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

Upcoming Seminars

There are no seminars currently scheduled.

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

Summer Research Internships

Exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry are encouraged to apply for a prestigious 10-week industrial internship through the SCI Scholars Program.  Applications are due December 19, 2014. Interested students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 should visit www.acs.org/sci to apply.  Posted 10/14/14.

Winter Tutoring

The schedule for the Chemistry Department's tutoring room is not yet available for winter.  Once it is available it will be posted at http://www.emich.edu/chemistry/students/tutoring.php.  Also, note that the Holman Success Center has drop-in tutoring available for many courses, including some in Chemistry.  Their schedule is normally available at http://www.emich.edu/hsc/tutoring/index.php

Links to Library Resources

On the Student Resources page (see main menu at the left), we have added 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.

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.

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

Shane CanadayEMU MS Student, Shane Canaday wins First Prize for Best Poster at the Environmental Risk and Decision Making Symposium.  The symposium was sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy program at Michigan State University.  Shane is a second-year graduate student working with Professor Gavin Edwards.  See Shane's poster and read more about it by clicking here. Posted 11/21/14.

Dr. Nina ContisEMU receives a $2 million grant to institutionalize the CSIE program.  In 2005, EMU received a major five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the Creative Scientific Inquiry Experience (CSIE) project.  The intent of the project is to implement interventions that support high academic standards, promote faculty collaboration across disciplines, and increase student performance and persistence in demanding fields.  The initial project was highly successful and the U.S. Department of Education has recently awarded EMU a new grant to ensure the long-term sustainability of the initiative.  Professor Nina Contis of the Chemistry Department will be the project director.  Read more about the grant by clicking here or click here to go to the CSIE website.  Posted 11/3/14.

EMU alumnus, Steve Fernandes, is a Steve Fernandes member of the winning term for Merck's Innovation Cup in 2014.  This summer, Steve Fernandes was one of only 30 students selected (out of 700 applicants) to attend the 2014 Merck Sereno Innovation Cup in Darmstadt, Germany. While there, Steve's international five-member-team won the first place award for the business plan they develop entitled "Changing the way cancer is treated by cancer cell burst". Steve is a 2007 graduate of EMU, where he received his MS under the direction of Professor Deborah Heyl-Clegg.  Click here to read more.  Posted 10/27/14.

Dr. Amy Johnson The National Science Teachers Association has chosen Dr. Amy Flanagan Johnson, an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, to serve on an expert team that will identify and vet high-quality resources to help teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards. Click here to read more. Posted 10/14/14.

Dr. Tim BrewerNanoparticles, Quantum Mechanics, and Tennis.  Dr. Timothy Brewer has been a faculty member in the Chemistry Department since 1998 and graduate coordinator since 2007.  Click here to learn about his research program, his favorite subject, and his life outside of the Science Complex.  Posted 10/3/14.


Dr. Ruth Ann ArmitageProfessor Armitage Spends a Week Collecting Archaeological Rock Art Samples from Cuban Caves.  This summer, EMU facutly member, Dr. Ruth Ann Armitage was invited to Cuba where she collected rock art samples from the walls of several caves. The samples have been returned to EMU where the age of the paintings can be determined, allowing them to be properly attributed to the ancient inhabitants of the island who painted them.  Click here to read about her adventures and see pictures of the caves and artwork.  Posted 8/25/14.

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


Recent Additions to the Website

  • Links to the American Chemical Society's "Get Experience" web exchange have been added to the Co-op page.  This allows undergrads to search for research experiences, internships, co-ops, and other chemistry-related opportunities.  Posted 9/30/14.
  • Two new positions have been posted on the Employment Opportunities page.  Also, links were posted to two job search engines.  Posted 9/23/14 and 9/11/14.
  • The Facilities link now has dozens of pictures of the Science Complex including public spaces, classrooms, and laboratories.  Posted 7/2/14.
  • The list of major department equipment has been updated, with pictures of many items.  This can be accessed via the facilities page or by clicking on this link.  Posted 6/25/14.

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