Ph.D. in Chemistry

Chemical research drives innovation and progress in countless industries today. The University's Ph.D. in chemistry program immerses students in this dynamic and important work.

Program at a Glance

Admissions cycle: Fall
Application deadlines: April 15
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research
Graduate director: Robert Sheridan

Why choose this Ph.D. in chemistry?

The Chemistry Department conducts theoretical and experimental research in a broad range of areas. Its fields of study include:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Chemical physics
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Bio-organic chemistry
  • Bioinorganic chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry

Program research incorporates advanced computational clusters and chemical instrumentation maintained by experienced professionals. Advanced department tools include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers, both solution and solid-state, a single crystal X-ray diffractometer, various mass spectrometers and an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectrometer, among many others. Students gain extensive hands-on experience with instruments like these through their research.

The University's Chemistry Building is a modern, four-story building near the center of campus that includes a professionally staffed machine shop for the fabrication of custom research instruments, a glass shop that creates specialty glassware and high vacuum systems, and an electronics shop that facilitates custom circuit design and construction.

The Chemistry Department maintains an outstanding seminar program with invited speakers of international stature, allowing students to interact with some of the best minds in modern chemistry. Highlights of this program include the annual R.C. Fuson Lectureship, the biennial Sierra Nevada ACS Distinguished Chemist Lectureship, the biennial Distinguished Physical Chemist Lectureship, and the annual Chemistry Graduate Student Association Lectureship, all of which have featured Nobel Laureates.

To learn more about the department's efforts, visit the chemistry research page. For more about the faculty and its specialties, visit the chemistry people page.

How do I apply?

All applicants must meet the University Graduate School admissions requirements. Applicants to the chemistry Ph.D. must take the GRE, but the chemistry-specific GRE is not required.

In addition to grades, admissions decisions are based on academic degrees and records, letters of recommendation, the student's statement of purpose and relevant work experience.

The Chemistry Ph.D. only accepts applications for the fall semester. The application deadline is April 15 for international students and July 1 for domestic students.

Is funding available?

Incoming graduate students receive a tuition waiver and year-round stipend support. This typically consists of a 10-month teaching assistantship and a summer research fellowship. For more on assistantships within this program, see the chemistry graduate financial aid page.

What's next?

Please contact the graduate director below to learn more about the Ph.D. in chemistry or consult the department's chemistry graduate resources page. If you are ready to begin at the University, you can apply now.

Robert S. Sheridan, Ph.D.
Graduate Director, Chemistry
Office: Chemistry Building 328
Phone: (775) 784-6730
Fax: (775) 784-6804

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