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What Chemistry Majors can do after Skidmore (and how to get there)

Chemistry students should start thinking about their next step after Skidmore during their junior year.  Some students will decide to attend graduate school for a MS or PhD.  Some will go to medical school or professional school for a health career.  Some will go into any of a number of different careers at companies or labs.

Information on applying to graduate school

Information on job searching

What recent chemistry graduates have done after Skidmore

Applying to Graduate School


ACS Planning for graduate work

ASBMB Becoming a graduate student

For Health Professions see the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).


Typically for Ph.D. programs, graduate students do not pay for tuition costs/fees and are paid a stipend.  Funding typically comes from the institution, a training grant, or individual grants earned by faculty.  Graduate students serve as research assistants in faculty laboratories and as teaching assistants in undergraduate classes.  Many programs will increase the stipend for a graduate student who obtains their own external fellowship.  A fellowship may also decrease the expectations for serving as a teaching assistant, depending on the program.  Fellowships are prestigious to obtain. Fellowship appplication deadlines are typically between October and January and can be applied for the year before you start graduate school.

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship 

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

NRC Graduate Research Awards

Other Federal Opportunities


Start research as early as possible

Junior year

Fall Discuss with advisor/research mentor, start reviewing literature, think about areas interested in, institutions, and principle investigators

Spring  Continue reading articles, start review of programs

Summer before Senior Year

Research at Skidmore, REU, or an internship

Start preparing graduate school essay

Prepare for the both the GRE General and Subject Exams

Start reaching out to potential writers for letters of recommendation

Prepare CV

Senior Year

Aug/Sept.  Take the GRE General Exam

Sept./Oct.  Take the GRE Subject Exam 

(Typically the Chemistry or Biochemistry/Cell & Molecular Biology)

Oct.  Confirm letter writers, provide drafts of materials to them

Oct./Nov. Tailor application materials to programs

Update recommenders with final list of deadlines & latest drafts

Nov.-Feb.  Apply, programs vary as to deadlines

Jan.-April  Interviews/Visits and acceptances

By April 15  Decide on program and formally accept offer



PhDs.org Rankings

Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology Programs

Chemistry Programs

The PhDs.org rankings are based on the National Resource Council assessment of programs.  You can adjust the rankings to match particular qualities you are interested in. 

US News & World Reports

US News Top Analytical Chemistry

US News Top Biochemistry/Biophysics/Structural Biology

US News Top Inorganic Chemistry

US News Top Organic Chemistry

US News Top Physical Chemistry

US News Top Theoretical Chemistry


Fields of Chemistry to Consider


Analytical Chemistry


Inorganic Chemistry


Organic Chemistry

Chemical Biology

Physical Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry

Polymer Chemistry

Molecular Medicine

Computational Chemistry

Molecular Pharmacology 

Chemical Engineering

Structural Biology 

Environmental Chemistry

Synthetic Biology


Agriculture & Food Chemistry

Material Science



 Nuclear Chemistry

Forensic Chemistry

 Green Chemistry


What can you do with a degree in Chemistry? Biochemistry?

Resume/CV and Cover Letter

Undergraduate CV Example

ACS Preparing a Resume

Skidmore Career Development Center Guide (pdf)

UCSD Triton Career Guide

The Do’s of Writing a Spectacular Cover Letter

Example Cover Letter Bachelor’s Level Analytical Chemistry 


Job Search

ACS Find a Job 

Skidmore Career Development Center Find Opportunities

Federal Government USAJOBS

Looksharp Biochemistry Internships & Entry-level Jobs

Looksharp Chemistry Internships & Entry-level Jobs

Albany Molecular Research Inc. Job Openings

Global Foundries

GE Job Openings

NYU Openings

Careers Mount Sinai

Careers Cornell Medicine

Careers at The Rockefeller University

Career Opportunities Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Employment Lincoln Laboratory

Job Openings Harvard Medical School

Careers MIT

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Job Openings


Additional Resources

ACS College to Career: Next Steps 

ACS Land the Job

ASBMB Exploring careers in biochemistry & molecular biology (pdf)

ASBMB Today Careers

Skidmore Career Development Center 

Looksharp Internship Search


What do Chemistry Majors do After Skidmore? 

Sampling of Recent Graduates

Ariel Alperstein ’14, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of Wisconsin

Benjamin Hanson ’13, Graduate Student, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Ph.D. Program, University of Minnesota

David Remillard ’12, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, Harvard University

Daniel Manson ’15, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of Wisconsin

Daniel Schwarz ’13, Research Scientist I, Albany Molecular Research Inc., Starting graduate school in the Fall of 2016

Denise Garofalo ’13, Research Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, starting medical school at Boston University in the Fall of 2016

Elizabeth Wylie ’12, Graduate Student, Engineering Program, Northwestern University

Erika Riederer ’14, Graduate Student, Physiology and Pharmacology Ph.D. Program, Oregon Health Sciences Center

Gabriela Bermudez ’11, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, Stony Brook

Giang Nguyen ’12, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

Haley Cirka ’16, Research Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Hannah Da Graff ’15, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of Minnesota

Israel Da Silva ’15, Research Technician, Weill Cornell Medical College

Jaya Borgatta ’16, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of Wisconsin

Jennifer Harfmann ’14, Graduate Student, Environmental Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of California Davis

Jood Ani ’16, Graduate Student, Nutritional Sciences Masters Program, Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition

Katherine Roguski ’11, Graduate Student, MPH Program, Johns Hopkins University

Katrina Ellis ’15, Associate Scientist, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

Kevin Sorgo ’11, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of California Santa Barbara

Lianne Bartlett ’11, Nurse Practioneer, Master of Science in Nursing ’14, MGH

Mark Benhaim ’14, Graduate Student, Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D. Program, University of Washington

Matthew Walsh ’13, Bioengineer, Lincoln Laboratories

Marissa Civic ’11, Graduate Student, Chemistry Ph.D. Program, RPI

Mohammed Tarek Islam ’15, Research Technician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nilendra Nair ’15, Clinical Research Coordinator, Mount Sinai

Prince Moses ’13, Dental Student, Howard University

Ruth Allard ’16, Scientist I, Brammer Bio

Sanida Lukovic ’12, M.D. Program, SUNY Stony Brook

Sarah Bashaw ’11, M.D. from the Commonwealth Medical School

Sean Healton ’12, M.D./Ph.D. Program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Shelby Hanlon ‘16, VNA, Vermont Medical Center

Stefani Mladenova ’14, Copywriter, Concentric

Stephanie Zhen ’16, Research Associate, NYU School of Medicine

Vinay Trivedi-Parmar ’12, Graduate Student, Chemisry Ph.D. Program, Yale University

William Gallopp ‘13 Clinical Research Coordinator, Asthma Research Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital