Chemistry Graduate Program


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. We take pride in our tradition of excellence in education, which started in 1886 when the first chemistry classes were taught at UK to the establishment of our Ph.D. program in 1946. Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in analytical, biological, inorganic, nuclear, organic and physical chemistry. Our 30 faculty, approximately 100 students, and 15 postdoctoral researchers work on a diverse array of research projects that include emphasis in computational & theoretical chemistry; spectroscopy & spectrometry; nuclear chemistry; environmental chemistry; energy storage; organic electronics; health & disease; and biological, inorganic, & organic materials & processes. Faculty are intimately involved in the training of graduate students, a unique feature of our program. We encourage you to browse the faculty research pages to learn more about the exciting projects that you could join as a graduate student.

The achievements of our students and faculty have been recognized by professional organizations and funding agencies on the national and international level, some of which you can read about in our Features page. Our faculty are funded from numerous sources including the National Science Foundation,  Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, Office of Naval Research, National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Human Frontiers Science Program, and others.   


Contact Information:

Prof. Mark Lovell
Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Chris Richards
Chair of the Graduate Recruiting Committee

Graduate Program Office
phone: (859) 257-4930
toll free: (800) 944-2436
fax: (859) 323-9985

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