University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Chem Chair Message Prof. Matthews

Message from the Chair:

Why Pursue Your Graduate Degree in Chemistry at the University of Vermont?

Faculty: The Department of Chemistry is a blend of established, internationally respected senior faculty and young, energetic faculty that are also gaining national attention. There is excitement about the research of the faculty in Chemistry at the University of Vermont (UVM).

Biomedical facilities: With the medical school integrally associated with the main campus, we have numerous collaborations in the biomedical sciences. Students use their "central science" chemistry to address problems of health designing drugs, bioorganic and bioinorganic applications, and developing instrumentation and techniques to solve biomedical problems. 

Another evolving research area in the department centers around the environment. Research ranges from atmospheric chemistry to research into materials science and into renewable energy. The College of Engineering is also adjacent to the chemistry building and provides resources in the engineering of materials, materials science, computer science, and electronics/electrical engineering.

Size: The Department of Chemistry graduate program is of medium size where students receive personal, individual attention from their advisors. The camaraderie among faculty, staff and students is outstanding. We genuinely want you to succeed at UVM and will help in every way possible to make that happen. The departmental has state-of-the art resources from instrumentation to glass blowing.

Quality of life: Finally, search the web to find kudos after kudos about Burlington, Vermont. Graduate school is a work-hard environment, but you should be able to play hard as well. Burlington is a vibrant young person's city with numerous events and activities  in the environs. Burlington is a great place for people to meet, and Vermont offers the best of outdoor activities summer and winter. In the summer, the hiking, backpacking, on and off-road cycling, sailing, kayaking and canoing are outstanding. The winter is even better with your choice of downhill skiing or touring the countryside on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Don't ski? It's not hard to learn when you are living in Burlington.

If you are looking for an environment where you can thrive and grow personally, a place where people are bright, hard working and value success, a place where these same people value you, then Chemistry at the University of Vermont is where you should be. You will obtain the tools and education you need to succeed after leaving UVM, and you will have greatly enjoyed your time here in the process.

I very much look forward to seeing you in Vermont in Chemistry.
Dwight Matthews
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Last modified November 15 2013 07:11 AM