During the past decade, the department has experienced a steady increase in external funding and productivity. The department ranks 73rd among other chemistry departments according to the latest NSF report. This prosperity provides exceptional research opportunities for graduate students in both the traditional areas of chemistry and interesting cross-disciplinary areas.
Some areas of current emphasis in the department are:
- Bioanalytical chemistry
- Bioenergetics and electron transfer
- Biophysical chemistry
- Computational chemistry
- Mass spectrometry
- Methods development
- Nuclear magnetic resonance
- Organic synthesis
- Physical organic chemistry
- Protein crystallography
- Protein folding
For specific project descriptions see individual faculty pages
Custom Designed Graduate Coursework
Graduate coursework is intended to strengthen and broaden a students basic scientific knowledge and to assist in understanding of topics that are relevant to the students research. Therefore, the curriculum is designed by the student and his/her graduate advisory committee based on the students' research interests and needs, taking into consideration previous education and experiences. This approach easily accommodates students who perform interdisciplinary research. Most coursework is taken in the first year and rarely extends past the second. Courses are listed in the Graduate Catalogue of Studies.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Graduate Program
Obtaining a graduate degree is a difficult task that requires a personal commitment, which can only be achieved if the student is deeply interested in the subject matter. When choosing a graduate program, matching research interests with that of the faculty is critical. Location and financial assistance are important but dedication to program is the key to success.
The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville in the northwest corner of the state. The mountainous region, along the western edge of the Ozarks, complements the university environment with attractive, natural surroundings. Fayetteville's extensive medical and educational facilities along with the wide variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options, contribute to its frequent ranking among the top 10 cities in which to live in national surveys.
For application or other information contact:
Liz Williams, Graduate Admissions
Bill Durham, University Professor, Director of Graduate Studies