Chemistry Department faculty and staff, from left to right: back row: Jose Cerda, John Longo, John Berberian, Roger Murray, Mark Forman, Peter Zurbach. front row: Barbara Neff, Kathy Gordon, Mark Reynolds, Usha Rao, Jean Smolen. not pictured: Peter Graham
The Department of Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University would like to welcome you to our website. Our Department is a community - of faculty, staff, students and alumni - dedicated to excellence in education in general and excellence in chemical education in particular.
The Department offers not only courses in the traditional major areas of chemistry, but also in interdisciplinary areas, such as biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Just as importantly, the department has an active summer research program, in which faculty and undergraduate researchers work together to investigate problems of current interest.
We encourage our students to become involved in faculty-directed independent research projects during both the academic year and the summer. Gifts from our alumni and local industry and research grants to our faculty members from federal agencies and private foundations provide the financial support for this work. Our students regularly publish their results in scientific journals and make presentations at regional and national meetings at which they have been given recognition and won awards.
Our curriculum prepares our graduates to choose a wide range of career paths, and our graduates have pursued graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry; professional degrees in the health sciences; graduate studies in other fields (including business, law, theater, etc.); and direct employment after graduation.
Students interested in becoming a Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistant should contact John Longo, Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Chemistry faculty member Dr. Usha Rao receives her Merit Teaching Award from SJU Interim President John W. Smithson Dr. Usha Rao was awarded a Merit Award for Teaching at the 2011 Fall Awards ceremony. Dr. Rao has been teaching in the Department of Chemistry and in the Environmental Science Program at Saint Joseph’s University since […]
Above: The Cerda Group at the Philadelphia ACS Section Poster Session (l to R); Andi Fritz, Emily Amendola, Dr. Jose Cerda, Jackie Castorino, Michale Gallagher Two of Dr. Jose Cerda’s research students won awards at the Philadelphia American Chemical Society Section 12th Annual Student Poster Session on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at Temple University. Emily […]
Above: Reynolds Group members Chrissy Ott and Kim Nguyen present at the Spring 2012 American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego, CA Chrissie Ott and Kim Nguyen presented the results of their research with Dr. Mark Reynolds at the 243rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego in March 2012. […]