Chemistry and Biochemistry Bound...
A campus-wide orientation for new undergraduate students was held on August 18. We currently have 1344 chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate majors enrolled in the department, including our largest-ever freshmen class.
This number has grown by a remarkable 30 percent since last year following 20-25 percent for each of the previous eight years. Hundreds of incoming students were welcomed by our academic advisors and attended a talk in H150 given by Professor Wilson Francisco, Associate Chair of the department . Professor Francisco enlightened the new students on the many opportunities that the department offers for research, the funding and also state of the art facilities available to carry it out. A representative from the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) spoke to the group and invited everyone to their weekly meetings in PSH252.
Forty two new graduate students on board for Fall 2010
The department is excited to welcome 42 new graduate students into the chemistry and biochemistry programs for fall semester 2010. They have come from various universities across the US and five additional countries including Brazil, China, India, Iran and Columbia; bringing with them a diversity of cultural and academic backgrounds. Students were selected from over 500 applications that were carefully reviewed by our Admissions Committee.
International students arrived at the beginning of August. The remaining students joined them a week later for orientation and teaching assistant training. Faculty helped welcome our new students by giving individual presentations on the research being conducted in their labs and meeting them informally during a "Meet and Greet" ice-cream social. Twenty-eight faculty members participated in the talks, which gave our new students a great introduction to a number of innovative and interdisciplinary research opportunities for them to explore.
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Programs have a lot to offer and will support the new students as they develop their skills and become professional researchers.