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Graduate Study in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at ESF is unique in that it is structured around four areas of application:

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Environmental Chemistry
  3. Organic Chemistry of Natural Products
  4. Polymer Chemistry

Faculty members in the department are internationally recognized experts and are well funded by federal agencies (NSF, DOE, NASA, etc.), industry, government, and NGOs. Graduate students commonly receive national fellowships. The environment for graduate students is challenging but supportive, as faculty are invested in student success.

Graduate degrees require an appropriate program of courses at ESF and Syracuse University. Master of Science and doctoral students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours and 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework, respectively. In addition, doctoral students must pass a doctoral candidacy examination.

Current research projects encompass natural and synthetic polymer chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology; organic chemistry of natural products and chemical ecology; environmental chemistry of air and water; climate change.

Degree Programs

MS & PhD
We offer MS and PhD degrees, and both degrees are research-focused. MS and PhD students receive tuition scholarships, excellent health benefits, and generous stipends. Full year stipends for MS students are $16,000-$18,000; for PhD students, stipends are $20,000-$25,000.

MPS
We also offer the MPS degree for students who are not planning on pursuing a research career but need additional coursework in Chemistry.

Research Facilities

Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory is a a 71,080-square-foot space dedicated to laboratory education and graduate research in chemistry. The department is well-equipped for state-of-the-art polymer, chemical, and biochemical research, with facilities that include:

  • 600 MHz multinuclear NMR for liquid and solid-state studies
  • Mass spectrometers, both high and low resolution, attached to ICP, LCs, GCs, etc., as well as MALDI for biological samples, and stable isotope MS
  • Polymer Characterization Lab (DSC, TGA, DMA, torsion pendulum, membrane and vapor phase osmometry, solution and solid-state light-scattering photometers)
  • Radioisotope lab

See our facilities page for detailed information on these and other facilities.

We also take advantage of collaborations with SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University, both of which are within walking distance.

Other information

To learn more about life as a graduate student at ESF, visit the Graduate Student Association.

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