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The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University is focused on academic excellence, faculty research, and tailoring the experience to you.
Our faculty are world leaders in various aspects of research, and each faculty member offers hands on undergraduate research experiences to our majors. Their fields include forensics chemistry, clinical chemistry, anti-cancer drug research, neurochemistry, personalized medicine, fuel cell design, and cellular biochemistry. On a regular basis, undergraduates are listed as co-authors in publications by our faculty.
All of our chemistry majors’ classes are taught by our full time research leaders. These classes are very different from those taught at other schools, as they are based on real-world experience.
Each incoming student is assigned a student mentor who will help you transition into our program starting in the summer months, and immediately upon arrival in the fall, and will work with academic advisors on your development. Our student club (Northeastern University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society) has an active program which includes hosting guest speakers, industry site visits, trips to national conferences (several of our majors have presented at the National American Chemical Society meetings in Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia and New Orleans) as well as social activities (including snow tubing, bowling, and apple picking). Our student group has won national awards ten years running for their efforts in the community and in science leadership in the New England area.
Faculty help students match their interests with co-op opportunities that are then established on their behalf. Some recent co-op locations include Merck, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, , Takeda, E-Ink, Amgen, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Some students head overseas for their co-op placements.
In addition to our regular co-op program, which was designed in partnership with industry, we also have a 4-year BS-MS degree program in chemistry, a dedicated pre-medical program, and study abroad and co-op programs with European and international partners.
We have co-op scholarships available an active social network, and a dedicated office and lounge facility for our student group.
If you have specific questions or queries, please e-mail or phone me. Even better, please accept this as an invitation to come to campus to meet with the faculty either at open houses, where we will make presentations to accepted students (dates posted on website), or we can host you for an individual/family visit if you can identify a convenient date for you.
Choosing the right college is an important step. We are proud of our accomplishments and would look forward to welcoming you to our next incoming class.
I do hope to hear from you soon and look forward to meeting you!
With all best wishes,
Michael Pollastri, Interim Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology