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Ph.D. Program

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Why apply to Clark’s Chemistry doctoral program?

A high-impact, personalized learning experience: It’s the hallmark of the Chemistry doctoral program at The Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Clark University. Our program enables graduate students to conduct fundamental research in the areas of biochemistry with a relationship to health and material science with an energy production and conservation focus while tailoring their study to meet their research needs.

Our intimate size within a small urban university provides students with unique opportunities to collaborate closely with faculty members and fellow students. Graduate students have access to state-of-the-art labs and specialized equipment, including multiple NMR spectrometers.

Having the right combination of academic skills and research interests to match our program and a particular faculty’s research group is, therefore, a key aspect of becoming a successful chemistry graduate student at Clark. We encourage prospective students to connect with us prior to submitting an application to ensure that our program is the right match for you. In the personal statement of your application, please focus on why you are applying to Clark, and your goals for what you hope to accomplish here.

We prefer for all applicants to include GRE scores in their application package as these are a helpful component of our holistic assessment process. In some cases, however, GRE scores may be waived if the other components of the application create a strong case for admission on their own. Such cases, for example, may include the applicant having multiple years of industrial chemistry work experience, having multiple years of academic research experience that have led to key authorship/s on high quality peer-reviewed published work, having completed a thesis-based master’s degree in chemistry or related fields, or having completed an ACS-certified chemistry major with a high GPA and strong laboratory research experience. Please reach out to us if you would like to discuss your application or the possibility of waiving GRE scores.

Graduate students receive full tuition remission for five years and receive a stipend for teaching assistantships.

The program combines faculty expertise, research capability, and technology with a supportive environment where students receive mentoring in preparation for independent research and rewarding careers.

Our Community

The chemistry doctoral program seeks determined, resilient students who are strongly motivated by scientific curiosity and a drive to learn more. Collaboration — between faculty, fellow graduate students, undergraduates, and our interdisciplinary research partners in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, physics, and mathematics and computer science — is at the core of our program. As such, there’s a sense of community and shared purpose among our diverse group of students in and outside of our labs and research groups.

Meet our faculty           Meet our doctoral students

Key Details

Our goal is to train graduate students to become independent researchers and academic leaders. While our research areas fall in biochemistry with a relationship to health and material science with an energy production and conservation focus, we offer a variety of specializations including:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Chemical biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry

Explore the Department of Chemistry’s courses.

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Doctoral Research

Chemistry faculty members and graduate students conduct complex research with a simple goal: to produce findings that can impact the world in positive ways.

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Research Facilities

Clark chemistry’s research lives in the Jeppson Laboratory and the Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center, which connects with the Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science Building. The buildings offer more than 50,000 square feet of research and teaching laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, department offices, an impressive cache of equipment and instrumentation usually found at larger institutions, and the Carlson Science Library.

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Alumni Careers

Clark’s chemistry Ph.D. program trains scholars to work in academic and professional fields.

Contact Information

Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry

Contact Us
  • Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center
    Room S134
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7116
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