Chemistry Alumni Scholarship Fund


Chemistry Dept D01054


Graduate or Undergraduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

UCR Chemistry Department continues to be in a period of rapid growth: outstanding faculty continue to join our Department, the numbers of graduate and undergraduate students continue to increase, a new chemistry building has been built, research institutes are being created in multidisciplinary areas of the Chemical Sciences and state-of-the-art instrumentation continues to be added to our Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility (ACIF) to support our research programs. These changes are making our Department and Campus even stronger and more diverse, and are making our Department even more attractive as a place to study Chemistry at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Our most important resources are our students and faculty. There currently are 28 faculty in our Department, including five who hold the title of Distinguished Professor, and three other faculty have joint appointments in our Department. Fifteen of our faculty has been hired since 1995. We had three faculty searches during the 2004/05 academic year. The strong support of the campus in providing for new faculty startup needs has been a major factor in our success in hiring outstanding new faculty. Our faculty is highly successful in securing grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to support their research programs. The strength of their research programs is reflected by major awards received, and the fact that many of their research publications have been highlighted in international journals such as Science, Nature and Chemical and Engineering News.

The campus is involved in a major building program to provide the Department with state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The Chemical Sciences building was completed in 2000. This building has twelve research laboratories and offices. In 2003, we moved into our organic chemistry class labs in the Laboratory Sciences building. And we have just moved in to a new 70,000 square feet Chemistry Building that has laboratories and offices for 28 research groups. This building was completed in January 2005. Our Department provides an outstanding environment for graduate studies in Chemistry. We are well equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including NMR, mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography instrumentation, in the ACIF and more specialized instrumentation in individual research laboratories. In the Fall quarter there will be approximately 100 Ph.D. students in our graduate program, which is the largest in our College. Our graduate program has recently received a multiyear award for graduate support through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. This, together with the significant student financial support from the campus to our graduate program and the graduate student research assistantships from faculty research grants, means that our students are supported continuously throughout their graduate studies.

Selection and Guidelines:

This fund is to support awards to outstanding graduate and/or undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry. All students who meet the criteria are considered. No specific application is necessary

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