Welcome to the Rice University Department of Chemistry! The Department encompasses scientists and engineers who investigate the composition, properties, structure, and reactivity of matter. Among us are organic, inorganic, physical, and biological chemists, both theorists and experimentalists. Bolstered by state-of-the-art instrumentation and close personal interactions, Rice is a terrific place to do chemical research. The Department boasts of two Nobel laureates and many members of the National Academy of Sciences; moreover, it hosts one of only six National Science Foundation funded centers for nanoscale science and engineering.
For decades, the Rice culture has promoted interdisciplinary research. Most Rice Chemistry professors hold additional appointments elsewhere on campus, including most of the five science departments and five out of nine engineering departments. We have particularly strong programs in nanoscale science, inorganic materials and organic synthesis, as well as theoretical, biological, supramolecular, environmental, and experimental physical chemistry. Rice University is a member of the Texas Medical Center (the largest in the world), and the Department of Chemistry is at the center of important breakthroughs in nanomedicine.
Our Chemistry graduate program is ranked number 32 nationally by the U.S. News & World Report in 2018. It is sharply focused on promoting the highest level of achievement for each Rice doctoral student. The program is highly selective in admitting outstanding graduate students and ensures that they have unusual access to faculty time, instrumentation, and other resources. As a consequence, our Chemistry graduate students develop strong publication records. Most of them take part in the Graduate Student Association, a university-wide body that holds social events and participates in university governance. To ensure that financial constraints are not an obstacle, we waive the application fee for domestic students and provide a generous stipend and full-tuition waivers for those who enter our doctoral program.
Rice undergraduate chemists are also among the best in the nation. The >1:1 ratio of Chemistry faculty members to majors gives our undergraduates unusually close working relationships with their professors. All Rice Chemistry majors participate in undergraduate research and often join a lab during their first year. As a result, they are positioned to take real intellectual control of their research, and many of them coauthor publications that describe their findings.
The Department of Chemistry is a leader within Natural Sciences in its level of research support, and is also a leader in establishing shared facilities through the Shared Equipment Authority, by providing space and personnel for this endeavor. Our Department has propelled itself to unparalleled status over the past three decades.
I look forward to serving the Department of Chemistry as chair in the coming years!
Anatoly Kolomeisky, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Chemistry