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Chemistry, Industry Internship, Non-Thesis, MS

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Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering

Graduate Faculty

Amacher, Jeanine, PhD, protein biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, peptide-binding domains, cell signaling.
Anthony-Cahill, Spencer J., PhD, protein folding, protein engineering, structural biology.
Antos, John, PhD, protein engineering, protein conjugation chemistry, organic synthesis.
Bao, Ying, PhD, analytical and material chemistry, functional nanocomposites.
Berger, Robert, PhD, computational solid-state and materials chemistry.
Borda, Emily J., PhD, investigation of college students’ development of epistemological beliefs about science.
Bussell, Mark E., PhD, surface and materials chemistry of catalytic and environmental processes.
Duffy, Erin, PhD, assessment of teaching and learning in chemistry, design of evidence-based curricular materials.
Emory, Steven R., PhD, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, nanomaterials.
Gilbertson, John D., PhD, inorganic synthesis, small molecule activation, nanoparticle catalysis.
Kowalczyk, Tim, PhD, theoretical and computational physical chemistry, energy conversion in photoactive materials.
Larsen, Mike, PhD, polymer chemistry, stimuli-responsive materials, and organic chemistry.
Lemkau, Karin, PhD, environmental chemistry, contaminant fate and transport, oil spills and petroleum degradation.
McCarty, Jay, PhD, computational biochemistry, molecular dynamics, statistical mechanics.
Murphy, Amanda., PhD, organic synthesis, polymer and materials chemistry.
O’Neil, Gregory W., PhD, natural products chemistry, organic synthesis.
Patrick, David L., PhD, analytical and materials chemistry; organic optoelectronic materials; renewable energy.
Prody, Gerry A., PhD, biochemistry and molecular biology of plant  cell walls before and after pollination.
Rider, David, PhD, electrochemistry, polymer and materials science, plastics engineering.
Scheuermann, Margaret, PhD, organometallic chemistry.
Smirnov, Serge, PhD, structure, dynamics, function and engineering of modular cytoskeleton regulating proteins and chemically modified DNA.
Spiegel, P. Clint, PhD, RNA and protein biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, ribosome structure and function, blood coagulation factors.
Stephenson, Norda, PhD, conceptual understandings of college chemistry students; chemistry students’ proficiency in the science and engineering practices; persistence of underrepresented students in STEM.
Vyvyan, James R., PhD, organic synthesis, natural products, asymmetric catalysis.

Program Advisor: James Vyvyan


This program prepares students for technical careers in industry.


A bachelor’s degree and departmental approval. Applicants with an undergraduate chemistry degree are expected to have completed the following courses (or their equivalent) with a grade of B or better: CHEM 333, CHEM 434, CHEM 351, 352,353, CHEM 461, 462, 463, and CHEM 441 or CHEM 375 or CHEM 471, 472, 473. A student with lower than B may be required to repeat that course as determined under advisement with the graduate program advisor. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another science field will choose an appropriate set of chemistry courses, in consultation with the Department’s Graduate Committee, to provide a chemistry foundation for graduate study.

Application Information

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam, General Test.

Supporting Materials: A statement of research interests and future goals, including identification of up to three potential faculty research advisors, must accompany application.

Industrial Internship Option, Non-Thesis

Students interested in pursuing a career in industry can obtain practical experience by participating in the industrial internship option as part of their MS program. Students choosing this option will normally earn a master’s degree via the non-thesis option. However, in those instances where the research problem undertaken in the industrial setting can be coordinated with on-campus research, the student may exercise the thesis option, with approval of the graduate advisor.

Students spend one or two quarters as an intern with a company which has been selected in advance. This internship will normally take place during the second year of graduate study. Students interested in pursuing an industrial internship should notify the program advisor as early as possible during the first year of graduate study. The department cannot guarantee that an internship opening will be available for all interested students.

In addition to the internship, students exercising this option will be expected to submit a comprehensive report, using an approved format, describing the work accomplished during the internship. A seminar presentation describing the work is required. Additionally, the student will be expected to pursue a limited research problem on campus advised by Department faculty. This research problem will normally require the equivalent of one quarter’s work, although it may be extended over more than one quarter.

Course Work Requirements (48 credits)

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