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Registration Questions?

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

Internships Available

Cayman Chemical is looking for 4-5 interns for the summer. They are particularly interested in students with interest in organic synthesis and analytical chemistry.  These positions would be ideal for juniors, seniors, recent graduates and grad students.    Click here for more information and/or to apply.
There are also internship opportunities available at Lycera, a biopharmaceutical company in Ann Arbor.  Click here for more information.
You can also go to our co-op page for additional information about co-ops and internships.  Posted 3/31/15.

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.

Professor William Roush, Executive Driector of Medicinal Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute will be presenting the Regent Beth Fitzsimmons seminars:

Thursday, June 4, "Development of Proof-of-Concept Chemical Probes Targeting Novel Biological Targets" which is accessible to a general audience.

Friday, June 5, "Recent Studies on the Total Synthesis of Natural Products" which is accessible to science students and faculty.

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

Earth Day 2015

The Huron Valley Local Chapter of the American Chemical Society is a proud sponsor of the  Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival!  We are looking for around 8 volunteers to help with set up, demonstrations, etc.  This is an excellent opportunity for ACS members to participate in the education and awareness of Earth Day to the local community.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 19th from noon to 4pm at the Leslie Science and Nature Center which is located at 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor.  Click here to see a press release with more information.  Posted 3/31/15.

Winter Tutoring

The schedule for the Chemistry Department's tutoring room is available for winter 2015.  It can be viewed 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

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

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 EmalProfessor 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.

Shane Canaday EMU 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 team 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.


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