Graduates of the Department of Chemistry are well prepared for the day they leave UTC. Our students enter medical, pharmacy, dental, research science graduate schools or go into the chemical and laboratory workforce or go into high school teaching. In a recent year we had 10 students enter various medical schools and 15 enter various pharmacy schools. All of our students who go on to chemistry graduate school receive tuition waivers and are paid $20,000 or more to attend graduate school. UTC graduates have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Many participate in research jointly with faculty members, both during the school year, and in our summer undergraduate research program.
We feel that exposure to the scientific method through research is crucial in preparing our students for successful and productive careers in science. Many students participate in research jointly with faculty members during the school year. Some also pursue research in our paid summer undergraduate research program. These faculty-student collaborations have been supported by external funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, Dreyfus Foundation and Merck/AAAS Foundation, and U.S. Army. These research activities have resulted in numerous faculty/staff papers at conferences as well as articles in peer-reviewed publications. The department has extensive modern instrument holdings that support research and teaching activities.