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Grad School Panel 2020

Several recent Chemistry Alumni give sage advice to our current seniors about Chemistry Graduate studies and Med School. 

  • 2020 Chemistry Grad School Panel

After F&M: Graduate School Studies 

More than 70% of our chemistry majors have pursued postgraduate education by attending graduate school, medical school, or law school. Some choose to go directly to positions with companies such as Dow Chemical and Merck, while others obtain business degrees (MBA). Among recent chemistry graduates 30% have gone to medical school, 40% to graduate school. Nearly all of the F&M Chemistry majors who apply to graduate school are accepted by at least one institution, and 94% of Chemistry majors who apply to medical school are accepted by at least one institution; many are accepted to all of the institutions to which they apply. 

Students may elect to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in engineering, either after obtaining their B.A. in chemistry from F&M or as part of F&M's cooperative Engineering program. Information about pursuing an Engineering degree along with your F&M degree, visit the Student and Post-Graduate Development Office's "Engineering at F&M" webpage.


Careers for Chemistry Graduates 

Many alumni are practicing physicians or chemists (either in industry or the academic world) but the job titles below reflect a wide variety of other career choices.

  • Engineer
  • Professor of Art Conservation (Winterthur Museum)
  • Marketing Manager (Pfizer)
  • Clean Chemistry Team Leader (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Associate Editor (American Chemical Society)
  • Research Space Scientist (NASA)
  • Counsel, Intellectual Property (National Starch & Chemical Co.)
  • College President
  • Reference and Systems Librarian
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • chemistry alumni employment

Change the Game 

Explore the Past. Challenge the Present. Inspire the Future. 

One of this academic year’s F&M theme is “Change the Game: Explore the Past, Challenge the Present, Inspire the Future,” which celebrates several F&M milestones including the 50th anniversary of coeducation.  The Chemistry department would like to contribute by Exploring the Past – highlighting several of our outstanding female alumnae and sharing how we Challenge the Present and Inspire the Future students with our current female professors. 

Visit our Change the Game webpage to view our outstanding alumnae... with more to come.

Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

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Chemistry Alumni News 
Story 7/25/2020

Benny C. Chan '96 recognized as a 2020 ACS Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named 53 members as ACS fellows [including Benny C. Chan '96]. The fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize ACS members for outstanding achievements in...

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Story 6/18/2020

F&M Fulbright Scholars Pivot

The Fulbright Program canceled all assistantships until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but three F&M students used the opportunity to enrich their personal and professional skills, from...

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Story 1/11/2016

Dr. Charles Lieber '81 makes Scientific American's "Top 10...

Scientific American's "2015 Top 10 World Changing Ideas" included research led by Dr. Charles Lieber (F&M '81) at Harvard University: "Injectable Probes Could Transform Brain Monitoring"

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Story 12/1/2014

Dani Roth '14 Studies Gendered Violence in South Africa

Chemistry major Danielle Roth '14 spent the summer of 2013 doing public health work in South African townships using funding from her Alice Drum Summer Research Award in Women's & Gender Studies. 

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Story 12/1/2014

Dr. Ian Paul (F&M Chemistry '94) creates a Newborn Weight...

Dr. Ian Paul uses the online "Newborn Weight Tool" in the newborn nursery at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.  Read the entire LNP article at...

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Story 10/10/2014

Susan Klein '89 wins Education Award

Susan Klein '89, professor of chemistry at Manchester Univ., has won the top honor for Science in Higher Education in the Greater Fort Wayne, IN region. The awards recognize outsanding teachers who...

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