Departmental Research

  • Students, faculty, and staff with expertise in traditional disciplines all contribute to a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research program. During the first year of graduate studies, students complete coursework in one of the traditional areas of chemistry and biochemistry. However, research projects, while rooted in traditional chemistry and biochemistry, often involve students in collaborations with an array of other scientists and engineers. As such, the student's depth of fundamental chemical principles becomes augmented by exposure to a breadth of additional concepts. Such a combination of skills often results in the creation of a fertile and creative environment for achievement of research goals. Thus, students frequently expand beyond the reaches of chemistry/biochemistry subjects and embrace additional areas for the successful execution of a specific project.

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    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry research areas:

    • Analytical
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry Education
    • Inorganic
    • Organic
    • Physical
  • Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) research areas:

    • Ecology and Environmental Science
    • Science Education
    • Organismal Biology
    • Evolutionary Biology

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  • The Department of Mathematics research areas:

    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Analysis and Applied Mathematics

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  • The Department of Physics has active research programs. Students are involved in basic research in new and unexplored areas of physics to advance not only in their own education, but also to understand the techniques involved in physics. In the past students got the opportunities to visit other research facilities such as NASA, NKU, UCLA, UMT, KU, etc where they frequently integrate with experienced scientists. This allows hands-on experience at other laboratories, and enhance opportunities in future research.

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    Department of Physics research areas:

    • Atmospheric Physics
    • Astrophysics
    • Experimental Particle Physics
    • Materials Physics
    • Optical Physics
    • Physics Education
    • Theoretical Particle Physics