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Kent State University

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kent, OH

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Kent State University Academics: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Programs

Kent State University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs include Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the traditional divisions of chemistry: analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. In addition, interdisciplinary studies are covered in bioanalytical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, biophysics, and molecular/cell biology.

Kent State University graduate students are required to complete a program of core courses in their area of specialization and at least one (for M.S. candidates) or two (for Ph.D. candidates) elective courses in other areas of chemistry. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate programs give students considerable flexibility in curriculum design, ensuring a modern and dynamic graduate education.

At the end of the second year, doctoral students must pass a written examination in their fields of specialization and defend an original research proposal for their dissertation. Those Kent State University students working toward a Ph.D. typically complete the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's graduate program with their thesis defense after 4.5 years.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Facilities

Kent State University is home to world-class research facilities. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students have access to advanced NMR, x-ray, mass spectrometry, and proteomics core facilities. In addition, many high-end instruments are housed in faculty research laboratories, which are located primarily in Williams Hall, the attached Science Research Building, and the newly-constructed Integrated Sciences Building. Additionally, students have access to excellent materials' characterization facilities and one of the largest academic clean-room facilities in the nation, which are housed in the nearby Liquid Crystal Institute. A confocal microscopy core facility located in the biology department is also available to Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students.

Williams Hall houses two large lecture halls, classrooms, undergraduate and research laboratories, chemical stockrooms, and glass and electronic shops. A machine shop, which is jointly operated with the physics department, is located in adjoining Smith Hall.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has advanced molecular modeling facilities, as well as facilities for performing ab initio calculations of molecular properties and molecular dynamics. The Main Library next to Williams Hall provides online access to virtually all chemical and biochemical journals as well as a broad variety of chemical databases, including the Chemical Abstracts SciFinder Service.

Kent State University Financial Aid

Kent State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students are supported through teaching and research assistantships as well as university fellowships. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed appointments for periods of at least 4.5 years (Ph.D. candidates) or 2.5 years (M.S. candidates).

Stipends for 2017-2018 range from $21,000 (M.S.) to $23,000 (Ph.D.) for a twelve-month appointment. Partial credit is made toward the university's health insurance plan. First-year bonuses and renewable merit fellowships providing up to an additional $2,500 per year are available to outstanding doctoral applicants. First-year bonuses of $1,250 are available for highly talented students pursuing their Ph.D. in physical chemistry.

Advanced Ph.D. students are typically funded through research assistantships ($23,000 or higher) provided by their respective advisors.

Kent State University Campus in Kent, Ohio

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students live and study on a campus of about 820 acres of wooded hillside. There are approximately 100 buildings on the main campus in Kent. There are approximately 29,000 students enrolled at Kent State University's main campus, and 12,000 additional students enrolled at the seven regional campuses.

Kent, Ohio is a college town of about 30,000, located 35 miles southeast of Cleveland and 12 miles east of Akron in a peaceful suburban setting. Kent State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students have access to a number of fine and performing art groups at the university and in the community. Cleveland is also the home of the world-renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and several professional sport teams. In the summer, the nearby Blossom Music Center offers open air classical concerts by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra as well as a range of popular music groups.

Nearby Lake Erie and its beaches offer a broad range of recreational activities. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate students enjoy winter activities including ice skating and downhill and cross-country skiing. Kent State University's state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center is available for graduate students free of charge.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Chemistry
Master of Arts (MA) Chemistry
Master of Science (MS) Chemistry

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 2
Doctoral Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (minimum score 600/143 quantitative); GRE Subject Test (encouraged)
Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (minimum score 600/143 quantitative); GRE Subject Test (encouraged)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

76
Applied
11
Accepted
7
Enrolled
14%

Applying

45
Application Fee - Domestic
70
Application Fee - International
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th January 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test (minimum score 600/143 quantitative); GRE Subject Test (encouraged)
Master's Degree Requirements Transcripts; goal statement; completion of undergraduate courses consisting of one year each in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus and physics
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test (minimum score 600/143 quantitative); GRE Subject Test (encouraged)
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 letters of recommendation; transcripts; goal statement; minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, 3.25 graduate; completion of undergraduate courses consisting of one year each in analytical chemistry or biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, calculus and physics

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

52
Total Graduate Students
75%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 0%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 25%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 0%

Gender

Male (61%)
Female (38%)

Faculty

13
Total faculty
Full-time - 13
Part-time - 0

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 5190
Kent, OH  44242-0001
United States
Contact Dr. Soumitra Basu
Professor/Chair
Email: sbasu@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3906

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