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Summer Internship Opportunity

Wacker Chemical has an opening for a summer intern at their site in Adrian, Michigan.  Additional information can be found in their informational flyer.  Applications should be submitted online at wacker.com/careers.  Posted 10/25/16.


Upcoming Seminars

All departmental seminars are on Monday afternoons at 4:00 pm in room 154 Science Complex, unless specified otherwise.

November 7 - Alan Attie, University of Wisconsin, Topic:  Genetics of Obesity

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 (ACS) has a lot of information available on its website. Follow this link to


The ACS has recently launched a second career planning website geared more towards graduate students, although it is also useful for undergraduates.  Follow this link to


Registration Questions?

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

Monday Night Collaborative Study Sessions Available

All CHEM 121 and 123 students are invited to free 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 9/15/16.

Fall Tutoring Schedule

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 Fall Semester is available by clicking on the tutoring room link.  Service is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Schedule Updated 10/3/16.

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. Steven Backues Professor Steven Backues is the principal investigator on a recently awarded $297,384 RUI grant from the National Science Foundation.  His proposal was entitled “Scaffold or Assembly Line: How Does Atg11 Organize its Binding Partners for the Initiation of Selective Autophagy?” The work performed under this grant has the dual purpose of enhancing undergraduate education in the department and advancing humanity’s fundamental understanding of the medically relevant process of Autophagy.  Click here to read more. Posted 10/24/16.

Dr. Amy JohnsonProfessor Amy Johnson is at the center of a new initiative to enhance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at EMU.  As part of a Faculty and Development Center initiative to engage more faculty and lecturers in SoTL, Amy Flanagan Johnson (Chemistry) and Katherine Ryker (Geography and Geology) will be leading a SoTL group this academic year. The group will meet every three weeks or so to support each other in designing and carrying out a SoTL study, the results of which could be presented on campus, at a conference, or via publication in a professional journal.  Posted 9/12/16.

SSRI Student PresentationThis year's Summer Science Research Initiative (SSRI) concluded with their annual poster session on July 21.   The SSRI is a series of supplemental activities for science and technology students who are on campus working on research projects with their faculty mentors during the summer months.  Here is the link to the 2016 schedule of SSRI activities.  Revised 9/8/16.

The 2016 Chemistry Department Newsletter is now available.  This year's newsletter is now available online.  Click here to link directly to this year's newsletter.  In order to see newsletters from previous years, click on this link.  Posted 3/9/16.

Chemistry Department receives continued approval from the Americal Chemical Society (ACS).  Every five years, our program is reviewed by the ACS Committee on Professional Training.  We have just received the results of the most recent process indicating continued approval of our program.  The review states "The very thoughtful and thorough summary of department activities reflects a vibrant department that is making significant improvements in curriculum and scholarly activity."  Click here to read more.  Posted 2/15/16.

A balanced meal of fermented foodsNew Fermentation Science program approved by the Board of Regents.  At the February 5, 2016 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.


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. Deborah Heyl-Clegg

Interim Department Head:  Deborah Heyl-Clegg, 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.  Information about specific programs can be obtained from the advisers listed on our advising page.  You can also email questions using the links given below:

Undergraduate Advising Email Address:  chem_ug_advising@emich.edu

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