Preparation for Graduate School

The Chemistry program graduates highly qualified and sought after chemists. Many participate in a wide variety of research projects while at Radford including the study of new catalysts for biofuel production, materials for environmental bioremediation, new analysis techniques for the detection of explosives, protein structural analysis in cancer research, and computational analysis of nano-carbon materials.  

Approximately sixty percent of our program graudates pursue graduate or professional school and all students who have entered a program of graduate study within the last decade have completed the program. Dissertation research currently underway by recent Program graduates cover a wide range of interests including the development of new proton exchange membranes for fuel cells, new polymers for energy efficient optical displays, new cancer therapies, improved catalyst design for hydrogen production from water, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors for control of mosquito vectors of malaria, and improved analytical methods for food safety, to name just a few. 

Feedback from our alumni indicate that their success in graduate school and industry is due in great part to a Radford University Chemistry Program that prepared them through rigorous classroom instruction and undergraduate research engagement activities.