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Undergraduate Degrees in Chemistry

UT Department of Chemistry offers either a B.S. degree with a major in chemistry or a B.S. in Chemistry degree that is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). There are many opportunities for chemistry majors to participate in undergraduate research projects with faculty. We offer many areas of study: analytical, synthetic, inorganic, physical and materials chemistry. Chemistry majors may also graduate with honors in chemistry.

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Chemistry Department Hosted 2014 SURC

The Department of Chemistry hosted the 46th Southeast Undergraduate Research Conference(SURC) in the University Center on January 31, 2014. The Conference was well-attended by 120 attendees from almost fifty institutions in the southeast region and ten graduate school and industry recruiters. "The Conference was a huge success." said the conference organizer Rachel Rui. "One of the recruiters told me that this is the largest and most well-attended he has ever seen in at least the past fifteen years."

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Chemistry Alumna Elected as ACS President

Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, an UT Chemistry alumna and the Chair of the Chemistry Department Board of Visitors, is offically elected as 2015 President of the American Chemical Society. Currently a Section Head in R&D at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, Schmidt received the prestigious ACS Henry Hill Award in 2012, and has been serving an active leadership role in ACS for over twenty years. She has chaired or served on more than 20 ACS task forces and working groups that have helped advance the profession.

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Schweitzer Recognized for 65 Years of Service

George K. Schweitzer, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Chemistry, has received the Joe Johnson Lifetime Service Award in recognition of his 65 years of dedicated service to UT. The award was presented to Schweitzer by Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and UT System President Joe DiPietro. Schweitzer came to UT in 1948 to initiate the inorganic division of the newly-established Ph.D. program in chemistry and to participate in the early UT-Oak Ridge graduate instructional and research program. He continues to teach and mentor graduate students.

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Graduate Degrees in Chemistry

We offer a long-standing tradition of excellence in chemical research and education, stretching from 1947, when the department granted the University's first Ph.D. degree, to the present. Our faculty members have research interests that both span the traditional areas of chemistry and encompass new interdisciplinary fields such as materials chemistry, chemistry of the life sciences, and environmental chemistry. We offer Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry.

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