Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Science, Engineering and Technology Jackson State University

Jackson, MS
student ratio
total students
$5,050 | $12,380
in-state | out-of-state tuition
March 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
0 Department and Program
departments and programs


A Chemistry Program Focused on Research and Practical Applications

As part of a historically black university, JSU's chemistry department ranks among the top three such schools nationally in awarding master's and doctoral degrees to African American students.

Jackson State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers graduate students many opportunities to participate in research related to materials science, nanotechnology, environmental chemistry, and similar fields.

Jackson State chemistry graduate students are also trained in proposal writing, classroom teaching, paper writing, and research as part of their courses of study.

Traditional and Interdisciplinary Courses of Study

Jackson State's chemistry department is part of the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, which offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs in chemistry. The degree programs deliver comprehensive coverage of fields including organic and inorganic, physical, analytical, and computational chemistry, in addition to biochemistry.

Interdisciplinary studies offered by the college for chemistry graduate students include materials science, energy, biomedical research, and environmental chemistry.

A Faculty Active in Research

The Carnegie Foundation has named JSU as a "high research activity" university, and the chemistry department's 20 faculty members demonstrate commitments to research and publication. For example, Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski, director of JSU's National Science Foundation-funded Interdisciplinary Nanotoxicity Center, organizes the annual Southern School on Computational Chemistry and the yearly Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, both of which draw presenters from across the U.S. and around the world.

Dr. Paresh C. Ray has published more than 120 papers in his field and is a member of the editorial boards of the "Journal of Nanotechnology" and the "Research Letter in Nanotechnology." Among Ray's research topics is the investigation of nanotechnology such as nano-porous silicon as a tool for detecting explosive chemicals and chemical-warfare agents.

Dr. Ming-Ju Huang conducts theoretical chemistry research focused on quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) and computer-aided drug design with the goal of helping synthetic chemists identify promising options for development. All told, the JSU chemistry department faculty publishes an average of 7 papers per professor annually.

Research and Training Programs for Hands-On Study

Jackson State University is home to several interdisciplinary research centers that give graduate students the chance to work on practical problems. The National Science Foundation-supported Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity (ICN) intertwines chemistry with biology, engineering, and physics to study the potential toxicity of nanoparticles. The annual ICN Summer Institute is open to graduate and undergraduate students who attend several weeks of computational chemistry lectures, research activities, and mentoring sessions with ICN members.

The National Science Foundation also supports JSU's Partnership for Research and Education in Material Science (PREM) with the University of California at Santa Barbara. The goal of the partnership is to bring more minority students into the fields of material science research and teaching. PREM also performs educational outreach activities to school children and K-12 teachers.

Jackson State's Research Centers in Minority Institutions Center for Environmental Health (RCIH-CEM) is a biomedical research program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health with an emphasis on studying diseases caused by environmental factors. RCIH-CEM participants get extensive training in grant writing to help them apply for federal research funding throughout their careers.

JSU chemistry graduate students can also earn mentorship experience working with undergraduates and Jackson State faculty members during the school's annual 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program.

Many Federally Funded Scholarship Opportunities

JSU chemistry department scholarship programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation include Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology, Partnership for Research and Education in Materials, and Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Programs Bridge to the Doctorate programs.

Entering graduate students may apply for the National Institutes of Health Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement scholarship program, and doctoral graduate students may apply for Title III Graduate Fellowships.

A number of other fellowships, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and other federal agencies, are available to incoming graduate students. Research and teaching assistant positions are available, as well.

A Diverse, Urban Setting for Learning, History, Recreation, and Culture

Jackson State University was founded at the end of Reconstruction as a Baptist seminary for African Americans. The school became a public teacher-training college in 1940 and a university in 1974. Today JSU has a diverse student body with more than 900 graduate students and about 6,800 undergraduates. Faculty members, staff members, and students at Jackson State hail from more than 90 countries worldwide.

The Jackson State Tigers are NCAA Division 1 members of the South West Athletic Conference, and the Tigers' marching band is the renowned Sonic Boom of the South. Jackson is Mississippi's largest city, the state capital, and home to many stops along the historic Mississippi Blues Trail. The city is an hour's drive from hiking, fishing, and camping in the Bienville National Forest, and an hour and a half from the historic city of Vicksburg.

Location & Contact

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Jackson State University

1400 John R Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217
United States

Dr. Hangtao Yu


Phone: 601-968-2171
Fax: 601-973-3730

Ms. Sharlene Wilson

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 601-979-2455
Fax: 601-979-4325

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 11
    • Doctoral Degrees 7
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 17
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $25
    • Application Fee - International $25
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesMAT
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 520 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$5,050
    • Out-of-state tuition *$12,380
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Female Percentage58%
    • Male Percentage42%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Full-time Percentage49%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American83%
    • White / Caucasian7%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown1%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty14
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage29%
    • Male Percentage71%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchElectrochemical and spectroscopic studies on charge transfer and energy transfer processes, spectroscopy of trapped molecular ions, respirable mine dust
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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