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Summer Session 2015

Summer Session 2015
The Department of Chemistry offers summer session course sequences that allow you to prepare you for your career in healthcare and/or complete an entire year of course work in just one summer!

PSU Squared

PSU Squared
PSU Squared is a new portal that connects Chemistry students to degree pathways and career opportunities in the sciences.

Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Collaborative Life Sciences Building
The new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) is a next-generation health and science education and research facility that combines the resources and brainpower of three Oregon universities under one roof.
The Department of Chemistry at Portland State University maintains a teaching program of excellence at the undergraduate level and a graduate program emphasizing cutting-edge research.

Portland State University’s location in downtown Portland, the major urban center of Oregon, provides a dynamic and exciting environment in which to pursue science. The University’s Department of Chemistry boasts esteemed faculty who model innovative pedagogy in the University’s state-of-the-art teaching labs and classrooms and access to unparalleled research and support facilities

Research Highlights

In Memoriam

James Pankow

Professors James PankowDavid Peyton, and Rob Strongin received funding from the National Institutes of Health for their research into Toxicant Production and Mitigation in the Electronic-Cigarette Reaction Vessel

The Department mourns the loss of Emeritus Professor Bruce Brown, who was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry for almost 30 years. Despite formally retiring in 1992 Professor Brown maintained a close association with the Department, and we will miss his perceptive wit.


Professor John Perona was recently awarded a new grant from NASA to fund his work on the biochemistry of sulfur metabolism in the Archaea

Assistant Professor Dr. David Stuart received funding from the American Chemical Society for research examining Direct Carbon-Carbon Bond Forming Reactions with Hypervalent Iodine Reagents


Departmental News

Carl Wamser 

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Carl Wamser Student Summer Research Scholarship, which will enable an undergraduate student to carry out a summer research project by providing a summer stipend. 

We’re happy to announce that Dr. Jack Barbera will be joining the Department in Fall 2015 as a new Associate Professor. Dr. Barbera’s research focuses on how educators and researchers measure student learning in chemistry.

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