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Prof. Peter H. Dinolfo
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Now Accepting Applications for the Graduate Program in Chemistry - Fall 2016 Term

Apply Now

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rensselaer invites applications from students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in an interdisciplinary environment with research opportunities in emerging fields, such as energy and the environment, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computational science.

About Our Graduate Studies

View or download the Chemistry & Chemical Biology graduate program brochure (PDF).

The department’s graduate program maintains well-developed research programs not only in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, but also in the interdisciplinary fields of polymer chemistry, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry.

There are extensive interactions between Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the area of polymers/bio/nano/materials, and collaborative programs with the Biology, Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematical Science Departments, and the School of Engineering and the Center for Integrated Electronics.

These, and off-campus collaborations which include Albany Medical College, the University at Albany, and the New York State Wadsworth Laboratories provide essential connections between chemistry and other areas vital to modern society.

Most students are admitted to the program with full support as teaching assistants (TAs), which generally involves instruction in laboratory courses or assisting faculty in studio format courses. Students usually work as TAs for one or two years, after which they become research assistants with support provided by their research advisor for the remainder of their studies.

* Graduate Student Housing *
College Suites at City Station is a new housing community built exclusively for Rensselaer graduate students and graduate-level affiliates.

Developed to make locating and entering housing at Rensselaer a hassle-free process, it is within walking distance of the campus, enjoys Rensselaer services such as the Rensselaer Red Hawk Shuttle, and is, at the same time, an off-campus private community in itself.

Rensselaer provides family housing through a partnership with College Suites at City Station South.

City Station South offers an atmosphere where residents with families can sit back and live, learn, and relax. College Suites provides the convenience and quality of life you need to focus on balancing your academic and home life.

Located just slightly off the southern edge of the RPI campus in Troy, these beautiful, affordable apartments provide all the comforts of home right next to the Rensselaer campus.



To assist graduates in their search for academic or industrial positions, Rensselaer maintains a full-time placement service. Graduates are vigorously recruited and each year representatives of more than 60 organizations visit campus to recruit chemistry graduates.

In recent years, most graduates have elected careers in industrial or government research laboratories. Among M.S. graduates, approximately 50% joined industrial organizations, 20% took positions in state or federal laboratories, 15% went on to further study and the remainder returned to organizations from which they were on leave. Of the Ph.D. graduates, approximately 60% took industrial research positions, 25% went on to postdoctoral training, 5% obtained college level teaching positions and 10% accepted employment in government laboratories.

Family Opportunities

Within the metropolitan area comprising the Capital District, a variety of employment opportunities are available for family members of graduate students.

Because the state capital is in Albany, New York State is one of the largest employers in the area. Many area companies, such as General Electric, Coromed, Inc., Albany Molecular Research, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Nycomed, Inc. also offer the possibility of employment, as do numerous hospitals, schools and banks.

Rensselaer's Office of Continuing Studies operates a number of programs, including part-time graduate study, the Rensselaer Accelerated Master's Program (RAMP), regular summer sessions of degree-credit courses, and short non-credit courses for personnel from industry, government, and other institutions.

These offerings present an excellent opportunity for family members of graduate students to continue their education.

Accepted Chemistry Graduate Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Rensselaer Chemistry Graduate Program! Please visit here for a list of useful links including "graduate student enrollment confirmation."

Please send an email to the Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Chair if you have any questions. We would like to resolve any concerns before your decision.


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