Consider Graduate Chemistry at Baylor

We have a lot to offer!

We are a medium-sized department with ~65 graduate students, and 18 research faculty. This is large enough to provide a good level of peer-support, yet small enough that you do not get lost in the crowd. For example, I know every graduate student in our department, where they are from, which group they are in, etc. Yet we are large enough that you can find a good variety of research mentors and projects. Add to that an excellent level of instrumentation, all housed in our new Sciences Building (showcased in Chemical & Engineering News, December 2004, p. 50). For example, we have NMR time available in quantities that the big schools can only envy. We have a fully-equipped 500-MHz NMR, and brand-new 300-, 400- and (a cold-probe equipped) 600-MHz instruments (all with autosamplers). Our x-ray diffractometer is almost brand new, and its possible here to get structural information back within hours (and we do). Our mass spectrometry center has roughly a half-dozen major instruments, all available to graduate researchers. Our CPRIT Synthesis and drug-lead discovery lab has state-of-the-art robotics. And of course we have all the lesser instruments that are common in chemical research. See what our graduate students say about our program.

But more importantly, Baylor is a place where you are treated like a person, not just a resource. We do not "overbook" the program; we fully intend that every student we admit will complete a degree. Teaching loads and group sizes are such that our faculty have the time to really direct research, and we do not simply delegate mentoring to postdocs. Of course, every student we admit is provided a competitive stipend and free tuition. Waco is a medium-sized town (~ 120k) with nearly all stores, restaurants, movies, etc., you are likely to want, a low cost of living (21% below national average) and no bad traffic! But if you miss the big city, Dallas and Austin are each 90 minutes away. Our Student Life Center is right next to the Sciences Building and provides all kinds of recreational and athletic facilities. The University even provides a marina for those interested in water sports. So if you are tired of the large-school atmosphere but want to continue your career in a quality environment, check us out! Take a look at our research faculty. Consider applying for admission and visiting our department. If you have an application on file and reasonably good credentials, we can cover your travel costs to attend. This is the best way to see what we have here. You'll find that we do have a lot to offer!

Dr. Michael Trakselis
Director of Graduate Affairs
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Kevin Shuford
Director of Graduate Recruitment
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry