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Chair’s Message

Message from Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Watson, David

Thank you for exploring the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo. I extend a special welcome to those who are considering us as a home for your undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate educational experience!

The Department of Chemistry is a vibrant community with a long tradition and strong commitment to excellence in research, service, and teaching. We are currently home to 29 ladder faculty, 2 clinical faculty, 14 professional staff, more than 150 graduate students, approximately 25 postdoctoral scholars, and more than 200 undergraduate majors. The annual undergraduate enrollment in chemistry averages approximately 7000, and we typically rank among the top 25 institutions in the U.S. in granting bachelor’s degrees in chemistry. Our graduate and undergraduate programs have grown dramatically over the past decade, which has enabled us to enhance our research profile and the breadth and depth of our instructional offerings. At the same time, we pride ourselves on maintaining collegiality and a close working relationship between faculty and students, particularly at the graduate level. I firmly believe that our Department is sufficiently large to maintain a broad-based and cutting-edge research program, as well as comprehensive instruction, but is also of an appropriate scale to foster a sense of close-knit community.

Research interests within the Department span the traditional disciplines of chemistry – analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical – as well as the ever-expanding interfaces of chemistry with biology, materials science, engineering, medicine, and physics. We benefit greatly from collaborative affiliations with researchers within the College of Arts and Sciences; the Schools of Engineering, Dental Medicine, Medicine, and Pharmacy; the Roswell Park Cancer Institute; the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute; the Centers of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Materials Informatics; the RENEW Institute; and the Center for Computational Research. The emergence of these research centers and institutes has led to a tremendous growth of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among members of our Department.

The Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) is our home. Completed in 1994, the $49 M structure contains all of the architectural and engineering amenities associated with modern chemical research.

The Department maintains a collegial and friendly environment for students and faculty alike. Our graduate students are very active and coordinate many of our events. The Graduate Students’ Symposium, in particular, has attracted international attendance and widespread acclaim. The active engagement of our graduate students in social and scientific activities strengthens our Departmental community and greatly enhances the graduate experience.

On behalf of my colleagues, I encourage you to consider Chemistry at the University at Buffalo. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information or perspective on our department.

Professor David F. Watson, Chair