M.S. - Chemistry;M.A. - Chemistry;M.S. - Biochemistry;M.A. - Biochemistry, Ph.D. - Biochemistry;Ph.D. - Chemistry
The friendly, collaborative nature of our department provides a supportive environment for students and faculty members to concentrate on learning and research. The graduate program emphasizes one-on-one faculty-student interactions, provides mechanisms for obtaining critical feedback and support, and offers students many opportunities to present their research findings to a general audience.
The first year of graduate study prepares students for their thesis research project through coursework, teaching and laboratory research rotations. Teaching helps cement basic knowledge in chemistry and builds important communication skills and teaching experience.
Research rotations form an important part of our graduate program. During the first year, students rotate through three research groups before committing to their thesis research project. Students have over forty research groups in chemistry, biology, physics, and other departments to choose from. Laboratory rotations give students a first-hand look at possible dissertation projects. In addition, rotations provide breadth of experience and a network of colleagues to draw on throughout one’s graduate career.
After the first year, students focus on research and professional development. Their research is aided by the network of resources built during their rotation experience, the state-of-the-art instrumentation at their disposal, an extensive seminar series featuring scientists from around the world, and an environment that fosters the transfer of information between students and faculty.
While the main criterion for choosing a Ph.D. program should be the standard of education and research, we would be remiss not to mention that Oregon is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Eugene’s location in the Pacific Northwest makes it one of the best places anywhere to live.
Facts & Figures
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999