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Chemistry, Industry Internship, Non-Thesis, MS

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College of Sciences and Technology

Graduate Faculty

Anthony-Cahill, Spencer J., PhD, protein folding, protein engineering.
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.
Emory, Steven R., PhD, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, nanomaterials.
Gilbertson, John D., PhD, inorganic synthesis, small molecule activation, nanoparticle catalysis.
Kriz, George S., PhD, physical organic chemistry.
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 computational chemistry of condensed phases.
Prody, Gerry A., PhD, biochemistry and molecular biology of plant viruses, plant pollen tubes, marine biochemistry, environmental biochemistry.
Smirnov, Serge, PhD, structure, dynamics, function and engineering of modular proteins.
Spiegel, P. Clint, PhD, RNA and protein biochemistry, ribosome structure and function.
Vyvyan, James R., PhD, organic synthesis, natural products, asymmetric catalysis.

Program Advisor: P. Clint Spiegel


This program prepares students for technical careers in industry, or for further study toward a more advanced degree.


A bachelor’s degree and departmental approval. Applicants 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 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.

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, according to 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. This research problem will normally require the equivalent of one quarter’s work, although it may be extended over more than one quarter.

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