Greetings! I am happy to share with you the latest departmental updates as we begin another academic year. I would especially like to highlight a few of the items described in this newsletter.
First, we had a record-breaking class of 24 students who graduated with Ph.D.s last year, and we are welcoming a strong cohort of 34 students to this year’s class, putting us above 180 total graduate students in the fall. Second, the Department recently received two major awards to support graduate students, a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the US Department of Education and an International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grant from the National Science Foundation. In combination with our recently renewed Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface (CBBI) program funded by the National Institutes of Health, we have now garnered over $2M in programmatic support for our graduate program.
Lastly, it is very pleasing to see that our faculty, students, and alumni have received many prestigious awards over the past year. There are too many to list, so I direct you to that section of the newsletter.
As always, we are proud of our alumni and welcome opportunities to learn of your accomplishments. We have started a departmental Facebook page to better connect with you and keep you up to date on all the latest events and news. If you have items to share, please send an email to Rebecca Hicks, and we will do our best to incorporate items of interest into future newsletters.
Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry