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Haverford College
Department of Chemistry
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Welcome to Chemistry at Haverford

Chemistry is central to the development of new medicines and materials, the understanding of biological processes on a molecular level and many important global issues of today, including the environment and energy.

Why Chemistry at Haverford: Student Research

You'll have research opportunities at all levels of the curriculum throughout the academic year and during the summer months, with about 70% of our students presenting their work at meetings and some 20% appearing as a co-author on a peer-reviewed publication. More on Student Research >

Why Chemistry at Haverford: Curriculum

The curriculum provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry and in interdisciplinary areas at the forefront of science, including environmental chemistry, renewable energies, novel materials, biological systems and medical treatments. More on Curriculum >

Why Chemistry at Haverford: Lab Experience

Ours is an inquiry-based lab experience, including a year-long advanced lab emphasizing state-of-the-art research methods and instrumentation. More on Instruments & Facilities >

Why Chemistry at Haverford: Major Program

You'll have several entry levels into the major depending upon high school preparation; students of all backgrounds are challenged and trained as scientific thinkers. More on Curriculum >

Why Chemistry at Haverford: Post Graduation

The major and minor chemistry programs and concentrations prepare our students for first-rate professional programs leading to careers in science, medicine, law, business, education and more. More on Alumni >

Inside Chemistry @ Haverford

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    Curriculum: Learn more about our American Chemical Society (ACS) certified major (which may be combined with an area of concentration in Biochemistry) and our courses. [more]
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    Research: Learn more about opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty members on original research that can lead to publication.[more]
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    Alumni: Learn more about the ways that our alumni contribute to research, health care, business and teaching. Alumni are invited to submit information about their careers to add to this site.[more]
  • Additional information about the Chemistry Department is available from menu links at the left side of this page.

    Class of 2012 Chemistry Majors:

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Chemistry Department News and Events

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    Haverford seniors Alex Ranucci and Chelsea Thorsheim (pictured along with Stephen Lippard '62) travelled in mid-March 2014 to the American Chemical Society Meeting in Dallas Texas to present results of their research on the cytotoxicity of novel platinum complexes that are potential anti-cancer agents.
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    The assistant professor of chemistry, along with her collaborator from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, is currently studying the kind of oil that is soluble in water as part of her research in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
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    The MIT chemistry professor, who received the American Chemical Society's Priestley Medal, the organization's highest honor, is the subject of the magazine's March 17 cover story.
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