The Department of Chemistry is a comprehensive unit providing the principal locale to learn, research, and service in the basic science of chemistry at the University at Buffalo (UB), offering baccalaureate degree programs (B.Sc., B.A.) in chemistry and medicinal chemistry as well as graduate level degrees (i.e., Ph.D., M.A., M.S. in Chemistry and Ph.D., M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry), and actively involved in the research enterprise. The Department is vigorously engaged in promoting and advancing diversity and committed to increasing the participation of underrepresented students in the chemical sciences, with a strong emphasis at the graduate Ph.D. level.
A concerted effort has been established to attract and recruit students into our graduate chemistry program, providing directed-mentorship and facilitating summer research experiences that expose undergraduate students to the activities of a graduate program.
Since 1997, the Department has provided summer research opportunities to 25 Latinos until 2010 – two more students are coming in summer 2011. Eleven (11) of them have gone to graduate school to pursue advanced degrees and three (3) went to graduate school. At the graduate level, the Department has seen 20 students entering our Chemistry program; five have obtained the Masters degree and one more is expected this year; 10 have obtained the PhD degree and four (4) more should be granted within the next 2-3 years. At the graduate level, 12 (10 PhDs and 4 Masters) advanced degrees have been granted since 1999. Five (5) more (one Masters and 4 PhDs) are expected within the next 2-3 yrs. It is important to note that all students who have entered our graduate program have obtained an advanced degree. This is a dramatic contrast to no representation at all in 1993! At the undergraduate level, about 56% (14 out of 25) of the Latino students who participated in the summer experience have gone to advanced careers (11 to grad school, 3 med school).