Welcome to the EMU Chemistry Department. We like to think of ourselves as having all of the opportunities associated with a large department combined with the individual attention available in a small department.

Diversity and Inclusion

We respect and welcome members of all racial, religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations, gender identities, and intellectual and physical abilities. Our diverse, individual perspectives strengthen and enhance our intellectual community through scholarship, research, teaching, and mentorship. 

It is our intention that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well served by the education we provide and that students’ learning needs be addressed both within and outside of the classroom.

The work of creating an equitable and diverse department is an on-going endeavor. Here, we mention two of our measures of diversity and will update this data over time.

  • We are proud to say that almost half of our faculty identify as women, compared to an average of 16% in chemistry faculty positions nationwide.
  • Eight percent of our BS graduates from 2009-2019 identify as African American, similar to national averages. We are working on improving representation from this and other underserved groups

As a department we are working to strengthen our recruiting and support services to help welcome students from all backgrounds to see themselves as chemists. One way we have worked toward this goal is by participating in an initiative to improve our introductory courses with a focus on the achievement of all students, including underserved populations. Here is more about this initiative.

News & Announcements

  • The College's departments, schools, and programs have scheduled a series of presentations, performances, exhibits, discussions, workshops, excursions, and movie showings that explore and illuminate the topic of Detroit. Click below for more information.
    CAS Detroit Theme 2021-2022

    Nina Contis Celebrates 50 Years at EMU!

    In 1971, the final episode of the Ed Sullivan Show aired and that autumn brought the opening of Walt Disney World, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the beginning of the Nina Contis era at EMU.  Since that time, there have been few areas within Academic Affairs that Nina has not influenced. Full article can be found here. Posted April 19, 2021

  • EMU Chemistry Alumnus Dr. James Grinias Wins Prestigious NSF Career Award
    Dr. James Grinias, an alumnus from the EMU Chemistry department and associate professor at Rowan University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award totaling $524,999. Full article can be found here. Posted Jan 5, 2021

    A group of Eastern Michigan University students have teamed up with faculty members from the Department of Chemistry in an interdisciplinary research effort to further understand various diseases such as depression, Alzheimer's and cancer. Full article in EMU today. Posted July 15, 2020

  • Jacquelyn Roberts, an EMU senior majoring in Biochemistry and pursuing Highest Honors, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship Program award by the National Science Foundation.

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The dedication of the Dr. David A. Berry Organic Chemistry Laboratory.