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Chemistry Department Scholarship Applications are Due Friday, February 12

There are several departmental scholarships for which eligible students may apply.  For more information about the scholarships, and to download an application form, go to our Scholarships page.  Posted 2/2/16.

Cayman Chemical Hosts Internship Career Fair

Cayman Chemical (located in Ann Arbor) is currently seeking candidates for a variety of paid internship positions beginning in May. They are hosting an Internship Career Fair on Thursday, February 18 from 1 to 4 pm. There will be a facilities tour and opportunity to interview. You must RSVP by February 16. Click on this link to see a flyer with more information or click this link to visit their website: www.caymanchem.com/intern.  Posted 1/26/16.

Summer Research Positions

If you are a sophomore or junior, now is the time to be applying for summer research internships.  Typically, application deadlines are between February 1 and March 15.  There are programs all over the country, with specializations to match most students' interests.  These are typically paid positions (and most include housing).  Our co-op/internship page has a list of numerous websites that you can search to find the program for you.  Note there is even one program for students who will be graduating before summer.  Posted 1/06/16.

Registration Questions?

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

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.

Monday Night Collaborative Study Sessions Available

All CHEM 115, 117, 121, and 123 students are invited to drop-in collaborative study sessions every Monday evening from 7-9 pm in Science Complex Room 241.  Chemistry faculty and graduate students will be there to facilitate the sessions.  Click here to see the advertising flyer.  Sponsored by the CSIE program.  Updated 1/08/16.

Winter Tutoring Schedule Posted

Many of the Chemistry Department faculty, as well as selected upper-level or graduate students, volunteer to staff the departmental tutoring room.  Tutors are available approximately 10-12 hours per week in room 543 Science Complex.  The schedule for Winter Semester can be found by clicking on the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Posted 1/12/16.


Upcoming Seminars

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

February 15 - Brittany Albaugh, EMU Chemistry Department.  "Epigenetic Regulation of Breast Cancer Aggregation"

March 14 - Brad Wallar, Grand Valley State University.  Topic:  Structure, Function, and Designed Inhibition of Beta-Lactamases.

March 28 - Chris Gellasch, US Geologic Survey.  Topic:  Protecting Urban Water Supplies.

April 11 - Xiche Hu, University of Toledo.  "Molecular Design of Enzyme Inhibitors"

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

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

A balanced meal of fermented foodsNew Fermentation Science program approved by the Board of Regents.  At today's Board of Regents meeting, final approval was given for a new major in Fermentation Science. Click here to see the University's Press Release.  This program has been designed to bring together subjects from multiple disciplines and frame them in the context of the science of fermentation and its practical application.  Click here to go to the Fermentation Science webpage.  Posted 2/5/16.

Digital Divas - H2 Balloons - April 2015Chemistry faculty assist with Digital Divas program.
Digital Divas is an annual day-long program for middle-school and high-school-aged girls encouraging them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines.  Click here to read about how Chemistry faculty have been participating in this activity.  Posted 1/20/16.

Dr. Ermelinda HarperAlumni Profile:  Ermelinda Harper, a 1998 Biochemistry graduate.  As a student, she demonstrated a wide range of interests and amassed numerous honors.  Since graduating from EMU, she has earned several graduate degrees and has followed a career path that has led her to interesting places. Click here to read about Dr. Harper's academic and professional journey.  Posted 1/05/16.

Presidential Scholars 2015-2016 Five 2015-2016 Presidential Scholars are Future Chemists.  Presidential Scholarships are arguably the most prestigious scholarships awarded to incoming students at EMU.  Of the twenty awarded last year, five went to future Chemistry or Biochemistry majors.  Read brief profiles of these future scientific stars by clicking on this link.  Posted 12/4/15.

Dr. Nina Contis

Dr. Nina Contis is named a 2015 ACS Fellow.  Beginning in 2009, the American Chemical Society has annually recognized a select group of members for their contributions to science and the chemical profession.  Professor Ellene (Nina) Tratras Contis of the Chemistry Department was one of this year's 78 honorees (out of a total ACS membership exceeding 158,000).  Professor John Texter of the EMU Polymers and Coatings Program was also an honoree.  Click here to read more, including the ACS press release, about Professor Contis.  Posted 7/24/15.

Professor Bruce Graves Bruce Graves, former Chemistry Department faculty member,  passed away in June.  Professor Graves was a member of the EMU Chemistry Department between 1967 and 1980.  He specialized in physical and analytical chemistry, with a research program focused upon electrochemistry.  He also was an expert glassblower (as he was demonstrating in the above photograph).  The department extends its condolances to the familty and loved ones of Professor Graves.  Posted 7/16/15.

 Professor Don Snyder recently presented at the 4th Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials-2015 WCAM 2015 Attendees(WCAM-2015), held in Chongqing International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chongqing, China on May 27-29.  More than 300 world-renowned experts, professors, laboratory principals, project leaders and representatives of well-known enterprises attended the conference.  Professor Snyder chaired a session on advanced polymers and also gave an invited presentation entitled "Optical Phase Shift Dynamics in Transparent Polymers: Applications of Wavefront Detectors in Chemical Analysis and Sensor Design".  Posted 7/9/15.

Dr. Wade Tornquist Two Chemistry faculty members have recently moved into upper-level administration positions.  Effective July 1, two former chemistry department heads have assumed new positions within the university.  Dr. Wade Tornquist is the Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Graduate Dr. Steven PerneckyStudies and Research and Dr. Steven Pernecky is the Interim Associate Dean for Budget and Facilities in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Ross Nord has temporarily returned to the Chemistry Department Head position, to replace Dr. Pernecky.  Click here to read more.  Posted 7/5/15.


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


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.

Dr. Ross Nord

Interim Department Head:  Ross Nord, 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 Advising Email Address:  chem_ug_advising@emich.edu

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