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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.

Applying to Graduate School

Advice

Funding

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.

Timeline

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

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

Rankings

PhDs.org Rankings

US News & World Report

Fields of Chemistry to Consider

Careers

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

Resume/CV and Cover Letter

Job Search

Additional Resources

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