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Graduate Program in Chemistry

At the forefront of curiosity-inspired research, innovation and education

Graduate Program in Chemistry

At the forefront of curiosity-inspired research, innovation and education

A student working in a chemistry lab under the supervision of May Nyman

Our internationally renowned chemistry graduate program represents the full spectrum of the discipline encompassing fundamental and applied research through which graduate students gain an unparalleled education. The thriving graduate program, comprising M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, includes over 100 graduate students from all around the world. They conduct research alongside 19 world-class faculty in the areas of materials, physical, computational, nuclear, analytical, inorganic, organic, and bioorganic chemistry.

Chemistry faculty are at the forefront of research on health care, environmental sustainability, and energy efficient technologies. Graduate students are mentored in conducting highly interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research in the development of novel diagnostic tools to understand disease at the molecular level and in the design of environmentally friendly technologies and chemical processes among other research areas. Our graduate students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory technology and instrumentation. They are supported through research and teaching assistantships as well as competitive departmental and external fellowships.

The Chemistry graduate program integrates professional development within its curriculum giving students the opportunity to translate collaborative research breakthroughs into commercial use through startups, licensing, and unique university-industry partnerships. Our graduate students have an excellent track record of getting highly satisfying jobs in leading R&D firms, tech companies, national labs, research institutes, industry and academia.

Steve Sloop in front of brick building
“I learned a way of thinking about materials at OSU Chemistry and I have applied that knowledge to battery recycling. It was basic creative chemistry where one learns about synthesizing nanocomposite materials and keeping base structures intact during experiments.”
Steven Sloop (Chemistry Ph.D. ’96), Founder and CEO of OnTo Technology, a research and development company in Bend, Oregon, devoted to innovations in recycling batteries.

Meet our students and alumni

Dancing through genres, biochemistry/biophysics student wins Science Magazine’s Dance Your Ph.D. contest

Heather Masson-Forsythe, a fifth-year graduate student in the College of Science, is a winner in the 13th annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest organized by Science Magazine in the newly created COVID-19 category. "I think the arts in general are really, really valuable on their own but also to communicate science, and as someone who really loves dance, I think it’s one of the best ways to communicate," she said.

Deep dive into key COVID-19 protein is a step toward new drugs, vaccines

Biochemists have taken a key step toward new drugs and vaccines for combating COVID-19 with a deep dive into one protein’s interactions with SARS-CoV-2 genetic material.

Researchers get closer to gene therapy that would restore hearing for the congenitally deaf

Biochemists at Oregon State University have found a key new piece of the puzzle in the quest to use gene therapy to enable people born deaf to hear.

Chemistry student picked for DOE research program

A Ph.D. candidate in the OSU College of Science has been selected for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research program.