Kennesaw State University to offer master’s degree in the chemical sciences

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Flexible program tailored to students’ backgrounds and research interests

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Nov. 7, 2012)  — Kennesaw State University is launching a new degree program, the Master of Science in the Chemical Sciences. The 33-credit hour program begins in the fall 2013 semester in the College of Science and Mathematics.

The thesis-based program offers tracks in chemistry and biochemistry. This is a flexible program of study tailored to the student’s background and research interests. Master’s students will assist faculty in research projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of inquiry in the chemical sciences.

In addition to the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, current research includes interdisciplinary areas such as chemical biology, astrochemistry and materials science, including nanochemistry. Ongoing projects are funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement and the Petroleum Research Fund.

“We want to encourage and recruit students who are interested in pursuing research in these exciting and evolving areas,” said Mark B. Mitchell, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “We expect that these master’s degree graduates will go on to pursue Ph.D. degrees in chemistry or biochemistry, or build careers in science or technology management.”

Students accepted into the program will receive a competitive stipend and tuition waiver. In the first year, students will be supported through teaching assistantships, helping instruct undergraduate students in the laboratories. They will take graduate courses, attend seminars and begin their work with potential research mentors. In the second year, students will work closely with their mentors on their thesis projects.

Kennesaw State recently opened its new 73,000-square-foot, $21-million Science Laboratory Building Addition, which boasts one level of teaching labs and two floors fully dedicated to research.  This facility dramatically increases the space available for laboratory-based research at Kennesaw State and provides an exciting area for the new degree programs: the M.S. in the Chemical Sciences and an M.S. in Integrative Biology.

The deadline for applications for the fall 2013 semester is April 1, 2013. Six students will be accepted into the inaugural class, with that number increasing to approximately 10 in later years.  Students with a bachelor’s degree in any area of science, but preferably in chemistry, biochemistry or biology will be considered for admission. Application materials can be found on the Kennesaw State website: www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Mitchell at: mmitch52@kennesaw.edu.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.