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Graduate School of Arts and Science
70 Washington Square South
New York City, NY 10012
The Department of Chemistry hosts a stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment that provides students with the broad training needed to tackle the complexity of modern research problems while ensuring a solid foundation in the core disciplines of chemistry. Current research areas include chemical biology, nanoscience and materials, biomolecular and biophysical chemistry, synthetic chemistry, biomedical chemistry, and theoretical/computational chemistry. Chemistry at New York University has a long and distinguished tradition. The American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 in the original University building at Washington Square, and the head of the chemistry department, John W. Draper, served as its first president. Draper was an early pioneer in the development of photography, working with Samuel F. B. Morse. Robert Morrison and Robert Boyd, who both taught in the department, coauthored a textbook on organic chemistry that has trained a whole generation of chemists. Gertrude Elion, winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, received her M.S. from New York University. The department has approximately 18 faculty members directing research, nearly 90 full-time graduate students, and a substantial number of postdoctoral fellows and affiliated scientists. Recently, the department established the Molecular Design Institute, headed by Professor Michael D. Ward focusing on research in nano- and biomaterials design. Seminars and colloquia are an integral part of the departmental programs, and visiting scientists and students from all parts of the country and abroad present the results of current research. Distinguished guest speakers are drawn from academic and industrial institutions throughout the world. These visits expose graduate students to diverse and cutting-edge research work and allow them to exchange ideas with leading scientists.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City