2014 Beckman Scholars Program
The UO Chemistry Department will be awarding prestigious Beckman Research Scholarships to qualifying undergraduate research students. 2014 Beckman Scholars Information
Commencement information is here:
2013 Chemistry Newsletter
The Department of Chemistry Newsletter is now available.
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While we de-emphasize the boundaries of traditional disciplines, the classic areas of chemistry do provide a convenient and familiar way to describe the department’s educational activities and research. They include: biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysical chemistry; organic-inorganic chemistry; and physical chemistry. You will find descriptions of these areas on the pages that follow. The multidisciplinary aspects of our research programs are highlighted in the research institute descriptions in this brochure.
The first year of graduate study prepares students for their thesis research project through coursework, teaching and laboratory research rotations. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses covering traditional core topics and recent developments in chemistry – as well as courses covering such topics as presentation skills or scientific ethics. 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. Ultimately, students complete the rotation experience well prepared to choose a thesis project.
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.
To aid in professional development, our program offers students many options to explore and prepare for varied careers in teaching, academic research, government, or industry. Internships with regional companies and national labs are available for students to gain another perspective into their thesis research. These experiences help students learn more about the industrial or government lab research environment and they build vital connections with people in the nonacademic sector. Specialized courses are available to prepare students for internships in various industries.
Opportunities are also available for students interested in teaching careers, such as teaching internships with regional small colleges or in-depth curriculum development within the department. For example, students have completed teaching internships serving as sabbatical replacements at regional colleges, including Cal State Chico, the University of Portland, Linfield College, and Willamette University. Other students had an opportunity to develop curriculum for our new organic green chemistry laboratory course.
The quality of our educational program has been recognized by training grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Education. These grants recognize and support our efforts to provide a comprehensive educational program that can be tailored to the varied career goals of our students.
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 the quality of life in Oregon and Eugene. Quite simply, 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. The mountain and coastal scenery of Oregon, the vibrant cultural and recreational atmosphere of Eugene, and the burgeoning high-technology economy in the Northwest contribute to an appealing way of life.