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Fast Facts

  • UT Chem has one of the highest compensation packages in the Southeast starting at over $26,000 per year.
  • Close ties with Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Many fellowships for qualified students which raise stipend substantially
  • Assistantship includes fully paid health insurance and a full tuition waiver
  • Cost of living in Knoxville is 9% below the National Average
  • Annual research funding exceeds $4 million
  • 26 full-time faculty with an expertise in a range of traditional chemistry fields, 7 new faculty in the past 4 years!
  • The Department of Chemistry granted the university’s first PhD degree in 1947
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Additional full-time support facilities: Electronic Shop, Machine Shop, Glass Shop, and Chem Stores.

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Graduate Studies in Chemistry

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Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee. We offer a long-standing tradition of excellence in chemical research and education, stretching from 1947, when the department granted the University’s first PhD degree, to the present. Our 26 faculty members have research interests that both span the traditional areas of chemistry and encompass new interdisciplinary fields such as materials chemistry, chemistry of the life sciences, and environmental chemistry.

The research achievements of the UT Chemistry faculty have been recognized nationally and internationally. Three members of the department are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our faculty also boasts several winners of the NSF CAREER award and its predecessor, the National Young Investigator award. Members of the faculty have been commended for innovative research and teaching by the Dreyfus Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Department of Energy.

We offer PhD and MS degrees in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry. PhD students may also specialize in theoretical chemistry or may, in cooperation with the Department of Physics, pursue a degree in chemical physics. The University’s graduate catalog outlines the requirements for both PhD and MS degrees.

Please contact Kayla Benson or Jennifer Fleming for more details.

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