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Mission Statement

Mission Statement: Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is a comprehensive unit with the fundamental mission of teaching and conducting research in the basic science of chemistry at the University at Buffalo (UB). The Department offers baccalaureate degree programs (B.S., B.A.) in chemistry and medicinal chemistry as well as graduate level degrees (i.e., Ph.D., M.A. in chemistry and Ph.D., M.S. in medicinal chemistry), while vigorously engaged in research. In addition, the Department provides training in chemistry to a large number of students in the science, health professions, engineering disciplines and other professional programs at UB.

The Chemistry Department at UB values quality and integrity in education, mentoring and research excellence while promoting diversity and inclusion. The chemistry faculty members are committed to advancing science through publications, creation of intellectual property, outreach activities, seminars, and education of the scientific workforce. These activities require support by external funding. Our faculty stand united in pursuing this funding through individual and multidisciplinary research grants. The faculty will engage in translational research to help increase the economic impact of research on our community.

The undergraduate teaching mission reaches a diverse population of undergraduate students with different requirements. Our “service teaching” reaches thousands of undergraduates each year. The core of the chemistry major consists of five key areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry. The core of the medicinal chemistry major emphasizes chemical principles applied to drug design and chemical biology. Majors require strong lab skills and proficiency in the core areas in order to pursue advanced careers in the sciences. Quality in our undergraduate program is determined based on post-graduate placement outcomes: employment, graduate or professional schools. Success of our graduates in their post-graduate studies and in their independent careers is another measure of quality.

The Department’s primary creative activity is research through both individual faculty effort and synergistic collaborations. The Department of Chemistry is focused on exploring the impact of chemical structure on function. We maintain strengths in the core areas of chemistry through the discovery and invention of novel and direct methods (synthesis, characterization, analysis, and theory) and we apply these methods to important multidisciplinary problems in materials science, chemical biology and sustainability. The Department is committed to creating new frontiers of chemical sciences. In graduate mentoring, our primary goal is to prepare graduate students to become independent thinkers who can solve important problems. In a highly competitive market, the stimulating research ideas and solid funding of our chemistry faculty, coupled with outstanding mentoring, help us attract high caliber students to our department.

Excellence in the Chemistry Department is assessed by the quality of instruction at the graduate and undergraduate levels; by the scholarly activities of the faculty measured by research expenditure, publications, citations, and invited lectures; by the recognition of the faculty through national and international awards; and by the service rendered by its members to the Department, the University, the profession, and the community at large.