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.
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.