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The Purdue University Chemistry Department has a strong commitment to improving the diversity of its students, staff and faculty. We believe that an increasingly diverse department will significantly improve the success of our students in the workforce and in global communities.

The Chemistry Department of Purdue University has a rich and successful history of diversity with both our graduate students and our faculty. We have been recognized for the strong participation of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in our graduate student program. Purdue ranked 2nd of the top 50 Ph.D. granting Chemistry Departments in the U.S. for the percentage of URMs in our graduate student body from 2005-2009.1 Additionally we were ranked 1st in growth of the number of URM students in our program from 1995-2009. 

We are proud to have over 100 URM Chemistry Ph.D. alumni as a part of our academic community at Purdue, and there are currently over 50 URM graduate students in our Chemistry program. We have developed a wide range of mentoring and professional development opportunities through our Chemistry Diversity Initiative – a unique group of graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni that are committed to the successful development of each of our students.

We continue to strive to create a climate that is inclusive and welcoming to all, regardless of rank or position. We believe strongly that scientific preeminence and a rich culture of diversity are inexorably linked.

Come join us on the incredible journey that is graduate school!

  1. Laursen, S. L.; Weston, T. J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1762-1776.






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