Bryn Mawr’s Chemistry Department has a more than century-long tradition of combining high quality, visible research programs with excellent teaching – a tradition the department is committed to continuing this century. The chemistry department seeks to provide a supportive and rigorous curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level to students having diverse preparation and diverse goals.
Our department offers a unique opportunity to study chemistry in an environment that is distinctive for these reasons:
We are a community of teachers and students, researchers and mentors, colleagues and co-workers. Students have opportunities to be researchers in faculty research and work side by side with faculty. Sophomore, junior and senior chemistry majors may serve in teaching roles such as teaching assistants in general chemistry labs or peer instructors in introductory chemistry courses.
The chemistry major program of study includes introductory and advanced courses in the core areas of biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Advanced courses are informed by the research areas of bioinorganic, nanomaterials, medicinal, computational, organic materials and nucleic acid and protein chemistry.
February 21 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Dr. Kevin Bateman, Merck Research Laboratories, "Small Molecule Mass Spectrometry and Drug Discovery."
March 21 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Dr. Vincent Pecoraro, University of Michigan.
March 28 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Dr. Raji Kasi, University of Connecticut.
April 18 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Dr. Craig Townsend, Johns Hopkins University.
April 25 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Dr. Kay Brummond, University of Pittsburgh.
Since the year 2000, Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer and her research team have been looking into the relationship of the metal molybdenum to human health. Burgmayer and her team recently received an additional grant of nearly $285,000 to continue the research for three more years. All the funding for the research has come from the National Institutes of Health.
In this Chemistry World podcast, Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl is interviewed by Chris Smith, best known as the creator of the BBC radio program “The Naked Scientists,” about Chemophobia. Francl first tackled this topic in a the February Slate article, “Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times Magazine: The Dangerous Chemophobia [...]
In celebration of its 80th year, The Journal of Chemical Physics has selected an article by Chair and Professor of Chemistry Michelle Francl as one of its “80 articles that highlight 80 years of outstanding work published in the journal.” Francl’s co-written article, “Self-consistent molecular orbital methods. XXIII. A polarization-type basis set for second-row elements,” [...]
Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl is blogging from Japan as part of the 360° Contemplative Traditions course cluster. Contemplative Traditions, the first repeated course cluster in the history of the 360° program brings together historical, cultural, psychological, and religious perspectives in its study of mindful and contemplative traditions. In addition to Francl, the courses are taught [...]
A group of middle and high school girls from the Coatesville, PA, area recently visited Bryn Mawr’s science departments as part of a program called the Girls University for Engineering, Science, and Technology.