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Annual Reports of the Carleton College Chemistry Department

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  • The Chemistry Department has graduated an average of 28 students per year from 2005 to 2009 out of a total average campus enrollment of 1950 students.
  • Each year 30 to 40% of all chemistry majors go on to Ph.D. programs in chemistry or related fields. Another third of our majors enter medically-related professional school. approximately one-third enter the job market and other professional programs-with a combination of chemistry and the liberal arts, they have been able to move into careers in everything from architecture, engineering, and business to law and the ministry.
  • For the last 25 years, Carleton has ranked first among traditional liberal arts colleges in the number of graduates who go on to obtain Ph.D.'s in chemistry and related fields (based on NSF data, total for a ten-year sliding window).
  • From 2005 to 2009 Carleton chemistry graduates matriculated into graduate programs in Chemistry and related fields at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Brandeis University, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, University of Washington, California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, Scripps Research Institute, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Iowa, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of California, San Diego, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Harvard University.
  • From 2005 to 2009 an average of 14 students have stayed on campus during the summer to do research with Chemistry Department faculty members. Many more pursue summer research opportunities off-campus.
  • From 2005 to 2009 Carleton undergraduates presented 54 research posters and seminars at the following national and regional scientific meetings: American Chemical Society National Meeting, American Geophysical Union Meeting, American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Computational Chemistry, International Conference on Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases, Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry, Minnesota Academy of Science Annual Meeting, and National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
  • A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (May 5, 2006, page A13) highlighted the success Carleton has had in encouraging women to enter graduate programs in the physical sciences including chemistry.
  • The Chemistry Department is staffed with nine permanent faculty and three staff members.
  • From 2005 to 2009 faculty have had research and instrumentation grants from the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Dow Chemical Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.
  • From 2005 to 2009 faculty published 29 peer-reviewed articles describing research results and teaching innovations in journals such as Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Chemical Education, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Organic Letters, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Biochemistry, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Science and the Total Environment, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Macromolecules, and Atmospheric Environment.
  • Several chemistry faculty have published textbooks and modules that support the teaching of chemistry at the college-level including a quantitative chemical analysis textbook, a two volume organic chemistry laboratory textbook, and two ChemConnections environmental chemistry modules.
  • From 2005 to 2009 our faculty were funded by multiple external grants to work on campus and national projects related to undergraduate science education, broadening access to science for underrepresented minorities, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Further details on the activities of students and faculty in the Chemistry Department can be found in the Annual Reports of the Chemistry Department.
  • The Chemistry Department is located in Seeley G. Mudd Hall of Science which was constructed in 1975. A major renovation of the Chemistry spaces in Mudd Hall occurred in 1997. Further details on facilities and instrumentation is available.