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.
April 19 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Jennifer Gaudioso, Ph.D., Manager, International Biological Threat Reduction Program at Sandia National Laboratories. "Infectious Diseases: Where's the Line between Public Health and Security?"
Mar. 22nd — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Prof. Eric Schelter, Dept. of Chem., University of Pennsylvania. "The Sustainability of the Rare Earth Elements: Exciting Opportunities for Inorganic Chemistry"
March 1 — Bi-Co Chemistry Colloquium at Bryn Mawr with Prof. Alison E. Holliday, Dept of Chem. and Biochemistry, Swarthmore. "Investigating the Chirality of Clusters using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry"
Congratulations to Anna Melker who won a Fulbright Scholarship! She will will travel to Sweden’s Uppsala University to continue studying hydrogen fuel research, the “holy grail” of clean energy. more
The Department welcomes new faculty Assistant Professor Jason Schmink. Prof. Schmink, arriving from a post-doctoral postion at U. Penn, is busy setting up his lab and preparing to teach Organic Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry.
Bryn Mawr chemists were well represented at the recent National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia where 8 graduate students and 2 undergraduate students presented their research: Ryan Fealy and Tina Morgan Ross gave research talks while Ben Williams, Samantha Klein, Sarah Burke-Church, Maria Winters, and Andy Krasley presented their work in various poster sessions. Undergraduate researchers Yichun Fu and Maisha Rahman attended the meeting to present their posters. Other undergraduate co-authors are Hannah Gilbert, Suyin Lee, Eesha Sheikh, Sharan Mehta and Roselyn Appenteng.
Professor Jonas Goldsmith will be published in The Proceeedings of the National Academy of Science. His article, "Differentiating Biotic from Abiotic Methane Genesis in Hydrothermally Active Planetary Surfaces" is co-authored by former Professor of Geology Chris Oze.
Graduate student Benjamin Williams and Professor Sharon Burgmayer have written "Pteridine Cleavage Faciltates DNA Photocleavage by Ru(II) Polypyridyl Compounds", an article accepted for publication in the journal Inorganic Chemistry. Co-authors include Meredith Skiba, A.B. 2012, Susie Kim, A. B. 2011, Allison Shatz, A. B. 2010, Shannon Dalton, Ph. D. 2009, and Patrick Carroll, Dept. of Chemistry, U. Penn.
Research Fellow Dr. Judith LaLonde co-authored a paper entitled“Structure-Based Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Dual Hotspot Small-Molecule HIV-1 Entry Inhibitors” in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.see more