Chemistry Chair Message
Greetings from the Chair
According to our stated mission, we, the Southern University family, have a long and illustrious history of producing distinguished graduates in every academic discipline. At the forefront, the Department of Chemistry has been very instrumental in fulfilling that mission by establishing and maintaining a rich tradition of producing chemistry majors who have gone on to make contributions in every field of human endeavor. Our graduates have and continue to demonstrate a fundamental tenet of chemists everywhere -chemistry is a science that impacts everyone and everything.
The chemistry faculty and staff are committed to preparing our students to be "... competent, informed and productive citizens." We aspire to be the best at what we do as we provide classroom instruction and supervise research in a nurturing atmosphere. Our intent is to prepare our students to compete in a crowd without getting lost in it. We stress and demand high academic standards for our students while taking personal interest in them. We know each of our majors by name.
Our majors have the opportunity to choose one of three main tracks: (1) one that prepares students for industrial or graduate research; (2) one that prepares students for the health professions or life sciences; and (3) one that allows the students to earn a dual degree in chemistry and chemical engineering.
Our students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research on site as well as at prestigious research facilities around the country. By doing so, our students get the opportunity gain exposure to chemistry-related research, a field where the numbers of minority students is very scarce.. Our students are required to present their research discoveries at scientific meetings and serve as co-authors on scientific articles.
Please know that we believe in what we do. We are dedicated to preparing ALL of our students to be major contributors to society. If you would like to find out more about us, or join our family, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Edwin H. Walker, Jr., Ph.D.
BASF Endowed Professor and Chairperson