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Job Opportunity

Chrysan Industries in Plymouth, MI just contacted us about an opening for a chemist/lab technician.  They are looking for a recent graduate or a current Chemistry major.  Click here for more information.  Posted 9/23/14.

Fall Tutoring Schedule Posted

The Chemistry Department's tutoring room will open the week of September 15th.  The schedule can be found 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 available at http://www.emich.edu/hsc/tutoring/index.php

New Biochemistry Faculty Position Posted

This Fall the Chemistry Department will be conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty position in Biochemistry (to begin Fall 2015).  Information about applying for the position can be found at www.emich.edu/jobs.  Review of applications will begin on October 15.  Questions about the position can be addressed to the Chemistry Department Head, Dr. Steve Pernecky.

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.

Facilities Web Pages

Dozens of pictures of the Science Complex were added to the Facilities pages, (see main menu at left) on June 30.  You can now see the main public spaces, classrooms, laboratories, and equipment.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Research Conference - November 14, 2014

See the Calendar of Events for additional information about these, and other, 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

Jason MillerRecent graduate, Jason Miller, was recently featured in the EMU Honors Newsletter.  Jason has just started working on his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan.  Click here to read about what Jason had to say about his time at EMU and what he is doing now.  Posted 9/30/14.

Badrinath Dhakel with Professor ArmitageAlumnus Badrinath Dhakal's research on sustainability was recently featured on the Oakland University website homepage  Last July, Badrinath was selected to present his research, on developing catalysts to convert carbon dioxide into useful fuels, at an international conference on sustainability.  Badrinath is currently a Ph.D. student at Oakland University.  He earned his MS in Chemistry at EMU in 2011 under the direction of Professor Ruth Ann Armitage.  Posted 9/15/14.

Stacie Wood Former EMU Student Stacie Wood is the lead author on an article just published in the International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics.  Stacie started with an undergraduate research project which led to a Master's Thesis and, ultimately, a published article.  Someday, this work may help lead to new antibiotics with fewer side effects.  While this was a team effort within the Heyl-Clegg research group, Stacie was the driving force behind much of the work and truly was the lead author of the publication.  Click here to read more about the group effort and Stacie's key role in the project.  Posted 9/5/14.

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.

Dr. Thomas HorvathAlum Dr. Thomas Horvath Pursues Career Analyzing Medical Metabolites.  Tom Horvath graduated from EMU with a degree in Chemistry and subsequently earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  Since then he has pursued a career as a research scientist.  Click here to read about his career path and fond memories of his time at EMU.  Posted 8/8/14.

Dr. Steven BackuesNew Biochemistry Faculty Member to Start This Fall.  The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Backues will be starting a tenure-track faculty position this fall.  Click here to read more about Dr. Backues.  Posted 7/16/14.

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.
  • As you can see above, the news portion of the home page has been redesigned.  What used to be called the "News Archives" has been combined with the "News Briefs" to make a single link for all Chemistry Department News.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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