The Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

Graduate Fair

SERMACS 2012 14-17 November 2012 Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, North Carolina

  • 16-17 November, RCC Ballroom Lobbyu
  • Connects students with graduate schools and programs
  • More than 25 schools participating - see details below
  • Questions? Please contact Ana Muresan (

Graduate Schools

Jackson State University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Booth 1, Friday and Saturday

Jackson State University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry ranks 3rd in Bachelor's, 2nd in Master's, and 4th in Doctoral degrees in Physical Sciences (mainly chemistry) awarded to African Americans in the country (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2011). The Department consists of 20 outstanding and diverse faculty members aimed at providing a quality education to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary areas of the chemical sciences.


Clemson University

Booth 2, Friday and Saturday

Clemson University is a public research institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a rapidly developing upstate region of South Carolina. It is a comprehensive research university with a traditional emphasis on science and engineering. The Department of Chemistry at Clemson University is a mid-size graduate program offering both MS and PhD degree programs, with 24 research faculty and approximately 100 graduate students. The department has faculty members with research efforts in all of the traditional areas of chemistry, with strengths in advanced materials, chemical biology, computational chemistry, nanoscale materials, solid-state chemistry, and chemical education.


Kennesaw State University

Booth 3, Friday

Kennesaw State University in metropolitan Atlanta is proud to offer a new thesis-based M.S. in Chemical Sciences. Tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry will offer students a flexible graduate curriculum and highly individualized attention. Research opportunities abound in areas ranging from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology with research mentors funded by agencies including the NIH and the NSF. A recent addition to our campus is a new 74,000 ft2, $21 million science laboratory building that houses state-of-the-art instrumentation including a recently-acquired SPR biosensor and confocal microscope. Students accepted into the new program will be awarded a highly competitive stipend and a tuition waiver.


Vanderbilt University

Booth 4, Friday

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is renowned for its medical school and scientific research programs. The Graduate Program in Chemistry offers dedicated students a faculty that is active in research and deeply committed to the development of scholars, combining solid research, intensive training, and exceptional education. We have state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation, exceptional resources and excel at interdisciplinary research. Commitment to our students' success is our highest priority.


University of Rochester

Booth 5, Friday and Saturday

Outstanding scholarly and professional achievement: These are the goals of graduate study at the University. Admission is selective, the environment intimate and challenging. Here, promising candidates work closely with faculty to develop in-depth knowledge of their chosen fields as they establish themselves as independent, innovative scholars. The University of Rochester offers graduate students the chance to pursue research at the highest level in an environment scaled to the individual. Graduate education is central to the mission of all schools and is an important vehicle for the missions of both research and professional preparation. At one of the nation's leading universities, graduate students at Rochester work closely with faculty who are at the forefront of their fields. Students have exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study that few universities can match.


UNC Charlotte

Booth 6, Friday and Saturday

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry is a research-based program which provides the background necessary for further graduate or professional studies in the physical, life or medical sciences or a career in science. The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and a thesis based on original research carried out under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Student participation in research activities is through a selection of a faculty adviser and enrollment in the special research courses offered. Major emphasis is placed upon the research project and required thesis. The Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the development, manipulation, and the use of materials and devices on the scale of roughly 1-100 nanometers in length, and the study of phenomena that occur on this size scale.


The University of Mississippi

Booth 7, Friday and Saturday

The Ole Miss Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry program combines southern hospitality and academic rigor yielding an exciting environment to seek the technological solutions of tomorrow for the world's challenges today.


University of South Carolina

Booth 8, Friday and Saturday

USC's highly rated Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry contains 30 faculty and 130graduate students working in all areas of chemistry as well as nanoscale, marine, forensic and environmental chemical sciences. The highly collaborative learning environment fostered by the department trains students to think independently using advanced research tools and insights. Our award-winning faculty, nationally competitive stipends, research facilities, support staff and nationally ranked funding base provides students with all the elements required for their advanced study. The sunny and vibrant Columbia region also provides the richly fulfilling lifestyle desired by candidates who value breadth as well as depth in their careers.


The University of Georgia

Booth 9, Friday and Saturday

Modem, multidisciplinary chemical research integrates diverse fields of knowledge and technologies. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia is committed to excellence in multidisciplinary education and training of professional chemists for entry into industry, academia and government. The graduate program emphasizes strong interdisciplinary and specialized research areas, including computational chemistry , material s science/ nanochemistry, gas phase chemistry, biomolecular structure/spectroscopy, environmental and atmospheric chemistry, photochemistry, synthetic organometallic/organic chemistry, biophysics, chemical education, and many others, that complement the traditional areas. High stipends, world-class facilities, a low cost of living, and a unique cultural and intellectual environment augment this exceptional graduate opportunity.


The University of Miami

Booth 10, Friday and Saturday

The University of Miami is a private research university with three campuses in Miami and Coral Gables. The Department of Chemistry, with 15 faculty and 61 graduate students, is consistently highly ranked. Our research is at the cutting edge of modern chemical sciences for both traditional areas and multidisciplinary fields. UM chemistry offers a unique opportunity for graduate students with an internationally recognized program and strong support for student travel, all in a vibrant and livable metropolitan locale. Our alumni have accepted positions in high profile careers in academia, industry, and government.


The University of Alabama

Booth 11, Friday

The Department of Chemistry at The University of Alabama offers a rigorous graduate program granting M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students acquire competence in their chosen area through coursework, followed by a focus on research under the direction of their chosen advisor. Financial support is provided through teaching and research assistantships, as well as through merit based fellowships. The Department is made up of 26 faculty members and approximately 85 graduate students. It is housed in Shelby Hall (completed in 2004) on the University of Alabama campus, where state-of-the-art facilities provide students with hands-on access to a wide variety of modern instrumentation.


North Carolina A&T State University

Booth 11, Saturday

North Carolina A&T State University has established the NSF CREST Bioenergy Center. The Center's education and research programs are focused on biomass gasification and catalytic conversion of syngas to biofuels and hydrogen followed by separation and purification using membranes for fuel cell applications. Students may earn the Chemistry MS degree or the interdisciplinary Energy and Environmental Systems PhD degree (BS to PhD option available). We are looking for academically strong students (GPA of 3.2 or greater), especially those with an interest in cutting-edge, energy-related projects. Students are provided individual attention and strong mentoring. Minority students are particularly encouraged to apply.


University of Arizona, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Booth 12, Friday and Saturday

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of the chemical and biochemical services and to educating the next generation of professionals. Some of our greatest assets include our State-of-the-art research facilities which are among the very best in chemistry and biochemistry. Each facility is staffed by full-time Ph.D.'s focused on providing expert technical assistance and hands-on-training to students. We invite you to become an integral member of an exciting community of scholars. Our internationally renowned faculty members attract more than $23,000,000 each year in extramural grants to support research.


Georgia Tech

Booth 3, Friday and Saturday

Applications are being accepted for positions in the Ph.D. program at Georgia Tech. Teaching assistantships starting at $25,000 (plus waiver of tuition and health insurance) for Fall 2013 are available. In addition, there are a number of supplemental scholarships ($1,500-$5,500) available to highly qualified candidates. Research areas include: organic and inorganic materials , biomolecular structure, biophysics, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, drug design, nanochemistry.

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Emory University

Booth 14, Friday and Saturday

The Department of Chemistry at Emory University supports a vibrant and world-class research program integrated with outstanding graduate education. We are a top-35 ranked department with a wide range of cutting edge research, from novel drugs for fighting disease to the latest environmentally friendly catalysts for energy production, from exploring the origin of life to paradigm shifts in computational chemistry. While the department is formally organized into four divisions (organic, inorganic, physical, and biomolecular chemistry) our highly collaborative environment encourages students to tackle problems that cross the traditional disciplines. Come learn more about your future graduate education at Emory University!


Duke University

Booth 15, Friday

The doctoral program in chemistry at Duke features research programs that span the "traditional" sub-disciplines of chemistry, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry, However, many, if not most of the research programs are interdisciplinary, either overlapping the traditional boundaries of chemistry or the boundaries between chemistry and the other sciences, for example biological, materials, and environmental sciences. Many chemistry faculty and students participate in university-wide interdisciplinary training programs and centers, including those in biological chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, molecular biophysics, biologically inspired materials, and cellular and biosurface engineering, Research in all fields is supported by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.


Florida International University

Booth 15, Saturday

Florida International University is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department offers a Master of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Forensic Science, a Ph.D. in Chemistry, PhD in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry with forensic track. The department contains 32 faculty members and over 100 graduate students involved in cutting edge research with focus on analytical and environmental chemistry, biochemistry and biomedical chemistry, and forensic science.


North Carolina State University, Department of Chemistry

Booth 16, Friday and Saturday

The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University houses award-winning researchers and teachers who guide students through a broad, rigorous curriculum. Our graduates succeed in both academia and industry. Our research programs cover a diverse spectrum including analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, biological, polymers, materials, nanoscience, theoretical, and magnetic resonance.


University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

Booth 17, 2 days

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the UK College of Pharmacy offers exciting opportunities for students seeking Ph.D. training in diverse areas of Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics, and Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy. Our program is housed within a new 286,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art academic and research facility. Graduates of our program are highly valued by the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies and academia. All accepted students receive a competitive stipend, full tuition waiver and paid health insurance. For more information contact Jim Pauly, Ph.D. (


Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Booth 18, Friday and Saturday

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) offers four graduate degree programs: a Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Nanoscience, a Ph.D. in Nanoscience, a M.S. in Nanoengineering and a Ph.D. in Nanoengineering. Distance learning options are also under development. JSNN has six research focus areas: Nanobiology, Nanometrology, Nanoenergy, Nanobioelectronics, Computational Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials (with a special emphasis on Nanocomposite materials).

University of Memphis

Booth 19, Friday

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis confers degrees at both the undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate levels (M.S. and Ph.D.). Current research conducted by the twenty-two faculty within the department is focused in the areas of computational, medicinal and environmental chemistry and nanomaterials. These projects are facilitated through two university initiatives, the Computational Research on Materials Institute (CROMIUM) and the Institute for Nanomaterials Development and Innovation (INDIUM). Departmental research is supported, in part, through investigator-initiated grants from the NIH, NSF, PRF, NASA, AHA, and private foundations.

Additional information about chemistry at UM can be found at

University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Department of Chemistry

Booth 20, Friday and Saturday

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee offers 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 30 faculty members have research interests that both span the traditional areas of chemistry and encompass new interdisciplinary fields such as materials, environmental chemistry, and life sciences. We offer Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry. Ph.D. students may also specialize in theoretical chemistry or may, in cooperation with the Department of Physics, pursue a degree in chemical physics.


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Booth 21, Friday and Saturday

At the University of North Carolina at Greensboro we offer M.S. degrees in Chemistry, M.S. degrees in Biochemistry include a Ph.D. in medicinal bio-chemistry.


The Florida State University

Booth 22, Friday and Saturday

The Florida State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, as well as undergraduate B.S. and B.A. degrees. We prepare students for a variety of career choices—from chemical, biochemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, medicinal, and related industries to positions in national labs and academia. The FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is proud of its highly interdisciplinary research and educational programs. We boast of state-of-the-art research facilities, with the NMR and X-ray facilities being among the best in the Southeast region. Our faculty are actively involved in other University-supported centers, such as the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, High-Performance Computing Cluster, and Institute for Molecular Biophysics.


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