About Chemistry at Drake

Our Program

  • We involve students in undergraduate research projects which have been published in papers in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at local, regional, and national meetings.
  • Seven full-time faculty members with teaching and science awards, along with eight laboratory instructors contribute to the education of our undergraduates during and outside of class hours.
  • We have excellent teaching and research facilities and modern instrumentation which are accessible to our students to gain hands-on experience.
  • A capstone experience for chemistry majors engages students in a collaborative research project with a faculty member which leads to a research thesis and professional development through a series of seminar courses.
  • Through our chemistry Colloquium Series, majors learn about career opportunities in different settings such as academia and industry, graduate work, cutting-edge chemistry research, and the role of chemistry in society.
  • The peer mentor program has been instituted to provide chemistry majors hands-on teaching experience while helping their peers with course materials.
  • Drake chemistry graduates have pursued doctoral degrees at University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Arizona State University, and many other schools.

What's Special about the Sciences at Drake?

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ArtSci News
April 15, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, Drake University will host a special program for language immersion students from Merrill Middle School to celebrate Pan American Day. The students will participate in Drake Spanish courses in the morning and have the opportunity to celebrate Pan American dance and music at a performance by Drake students in Olmsted Center in the afternoon.