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The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Ohio University has an outstanding faculty with research interests across a wide range of areas. Interdisciplinary programs in bio-analysis, bio-organic chemistry and nano-materials science complement more traditional areas of study in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The department's mission is to provide a quality education to graduate students while pursuing state-of-the art research in chemistry. The objective of the graduate program is to educate and train students to become highly effective and competitive scientists by providing them with the interdisciplinary tools and research skills needed to succeed in their future career. This includes offering a variety of graduate level courses at rigorous levels and maintaining cutting-edge research programs within individual research laboratories.

Full-year financial support (including a tuition waiver) is available for all PhD graduate students. We offer a highly competitive stipend for students offered a teaching assistantship. Highly qualified students may be eligible for fellowships that provide additional stipend support of $1,000 - $4,000. Individual research groups may have research assistantships available that offer stipend support without teaching responsibilities.

Ph.D. Program

The requirements for a Ph.D. in chemistry consist of a combination of coursework, seminars, research proposals, and original research. Each student will be required to take three courses within their major area of research and a grade of B or better must be obtained in each course attempted. Courses are selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor, and are generally completed by the end of the first year in residence. Ph.D. candidates must submit and orally defend a dissertation research proposal to their dissertation committee before the end of their 2nd year. Third year students are required to give a full period (50 minute) seminar on their current research project in the seminar course for which they are registered

Students select a research advisor at the end of their first quarter of study after rotations in several laboratories. Intensive research generally begins in the summer of their first year. The Ph.D. program culminates in the preparation of a research dissertation and a final oral examination.