Chemistry (CHEM)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Abstract

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. Our Ph.D. program in Chemistry has a strong core in the traditional fields of chemistry, including analytical chemistry, chemical physics (in cooperation with the Institute of Physical Sciences & Technology), environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to these traditional areas we also have interdisciplinary programs in contemporary areas such as nanoscience, chemical biology, energy sciences, materials chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry.

Financial Assistance

Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year in graduate school as long as they are in good standing. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, a salary and health care benefits. In subsequent years, Ph.D. candidates are typically supported on graduate research assistantships or fellowships. Financial assistance is not typically available to M.S. candidates.

Contact

Graduate Program Office
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
8051 Regents Drive, Room 1206A
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-21111
Telephone: 301-405-1028 | 301-405-7022
Email: chem-gradoffice@umd.edu

Website: http://www.chem.umd.edu

Courses: BCHM CHEM

Relationships: Biochemistry (BCHM), Chemical Physics (CHPH)

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (optional)
  • GRE Subject (optional/highly recommended)
  • CV/Resume
  • Description of Research/Work Experience

Admission to graduate study at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. Previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter hours of chemistry, with at least 1 year of physical chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of inorganic chemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. A laboratory course in analytical chemistry is also preferred. 

The chemistry subject GRE score is not required but it can be helpful for a complete evaluation. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must also present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents January 4, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants January 4, 2023

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Other Deadlines: chem.umd.edu
Program Website: chem.umd.edu/graduateprogram 
Application Process: gradschool.umd.edu/admissions/application-process/step-step-guide-applying

The Department has state-of-the-art research facilities to support research in the fields listed above. Facilities include "clean" rooms for environmental sample analysis, X-ray crystallographic instrumentation, numerous mass spectrometers, numerous NMR spectrometers including 400, 500, 600 and 800 MHz Fourier-transform NMR spectrometers; an XPS spectrometer, Atomic Force Microscopes, ultracentrifuges, analytical optical spectrometers, and a state-of-the-art computer graphics facility.

Departmental research is supported by a departmental server and many individual faculty workstations. The Department has access to electronics shop and campus machine shops. The Chemistry Library has an extensive collection in chemistry, biochemistry, and other fields. Electronic access to journals and literature search databases is available. A Macintosh workstation facility (25 units) is available in the Department for student/faculty use.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Alexander Millard H. Full Member B.A., Harvard University, 1964; Ph.D.,University of Paris, 1967. Distinguished University Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Distinguished University Professor, Chemical Physics
Distinguished University Professor, Chemistry
Beckett Dorothy Full Member B.A., Barnard College, 1980;Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1986. Ph.,D, something Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Blough Neil V. Full Member B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1977; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1983. Professor, Chemistry
Davis Jeffery T. Full Member B.A., Colby College, 1981;Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987. Professor, Chemistry
Dayie Kwaku Full Member B.A. Physics,1990, Hamilton College; PhD., Biophysics, 1996, Harvard University Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Associate Professor, Chemistry
DeShong Philip R. Full Member B.S., University of Texas-Austin, 1971; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976. Professor, Chemistry
Dickerson Russell R. Full Member B.A., University of Chicago, 1975; M.S.,University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1978; Ph.D., 1980. Professor, Chemistry
Eichhorn Bryan W. Full Member B.A., Rollins College, 1983;Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington, 1987. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Falvey Daniel E. Full Member B.S., North Dakota State University-Fargo, 1983; Ph.D.,University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1988. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Fenselau Catherine C. Full Member A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1961; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1965. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Fourkas John T. Full Member Ph.D. Stanford University 1991) Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Fushman David Full Member M.S., University of Kazan, 1978; Ph.D., University of Kazan, 1985. Associate Director, Biophysics
Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Greer Sandra C. Full Member B.S., Furman University, 1966; M.S.,University of Chicago, 1968; Ph.D., 1969. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Gutierrez Osvaldo Full Member Ph.D., UC Davis, 2009; B.S. and M.S. UCLA, 2012 Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Chemical Physics
Hansen J. Norman Full Member B.A., Drake University, 1964; Ph.D.,University of California-Los Angeles, 1968. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Helz George R. Full Member B.A., Princeton University, 1964; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University-University Park, 1970. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Geology
Herzberg Osnat Full Member B.S., Technion-Israel Institute of Tech-Haifa, 1971; M.S., Weizmann Institute of Science-Rehovoth, 1976; Ph.D., 1982. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences
Isaacs Lyle D. Full Member B.S., University of Chicago,1991; M.S., University of California-Los Angeles, 1992; Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Tech-Zurich, 1995. Professor, Chemistry
Jarzynski Christopher Full Member Professor, Physics
Professor, Biophysics
Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Julin Douglas A. Full Member B.A., Haverford College, 1978 Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1984. Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Graduate Director, Biochemistry
Kahn Jason D. Full Member B.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1990. Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Associate Professor, Bioengineering
LaRonde Nicole Full Member Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Lee Cheng S. Full Member B.S., National Cheng Kung University-Taiwan, 1981; Ph.D.,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988. Associate Professor, Chemistry
Lee Sang Bok Full Member B.S., Seoul National University, 1990; M.S. 1992; Ph.D. 1997 Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Lorimer George H. Full Member B.S., University of St. Andrews, 1965;M.S., University of Illinois-Chicago, 1968; Ph.D., Michigan State University,1972. Distinguished University Professor, Biochemistry
Distinguished University Professor, Chemistry
Mignerey Alice C. Full Member B.S.,University of Rochester, 1971; M.S., 1973; Ph.D., 1975. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Mullin Amy Full Member B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1985 Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991 Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Nemes Peter Full Member M.Sc., Eotvos Lorand University (Budapest, Hungary), 2004; PhD, The George Washington University (Washington, DC), 2009 Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Nie Zhihong Non-Member Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada, 2008 Assistant Professor, Chemical Physics
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
O'Haver Thomas C. Full Member B.S., Spring Hill College, 1963; D.Engin., University of Florida, 1968. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
Ondov John M. Full Member B.S., Muhlenberg College, 1970; Ph.D.,University of Maryland-College Park, 1974. Professor, Chemistry
Orban John P. Full Member B.S., University of Adelaide, 1980; Ph.D.,Australian National University-Canberra, 1985; Ph.D., 1985. Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Papoian Garegin Full Member B.S.,1994,Russian Academy of Science; Ph.D., 1999, Cornell University Director, Chemical Physics
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Paukstelis Paul Full Member B.S., Biology, 1997, University of Kansas; Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin Associate Professor, Biochemistry
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Poulin Myles Full Member Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Reutt-Robey Janice Full Member B.A., Haverford College, 1980 Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1986. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Rodriguez Efrain Full Member Ph.D., University of California, 2009 Associate Professor, Chemical Physics
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Salawitch Ross J. Full Member B.S., Cornell University, 1981 Ph.D., Harvard University, 1987. Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
Professor, Chemistry
Sita Lawrence R. Full Member B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1981; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Tiwary Pratyush Full Member n/a, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, Biophysics
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Vedernikov Andrei Full Member B.S., State University of Kanzan, Russia, 1980; Ph.D., 1986; Doctorized, 1999. Professor, Chemical Physics
Professor, Chemistry
Walters William B. Full Member B.S., Kansas State University, 1960;Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1964. Professor, Chemistry
Wang Lai-Xi Full Member PhD, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of SciencesPostdoc Fellow, Johns Hopkins University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor, Biochemistry
Professor, Chemistry
Wang Yu-Huang Full Member Ph.D. Rice University, 2004 Assistant Professor, Chemical Physics
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Weeks John D. Full Member B.A., Harvard University, 1965; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1969. Distinguished University Professor, Biophysics
Distinguished University Professor, Chemical Physics
Distinguished University Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Physics
Zachariah Michael R. Full Member B.S., University of California, LA, 1979, M.S., University of California, LA, 1981, Ph.D., University of California, LA, 1986 Professor, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Chemistry
Affiliate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering