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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

Seminar series

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



Chemistry Honor Students  Victor Benavides Montes, Kimberly Guttinger, Clarissa Karpinski, Anna Kolpakova, Grant Marquart, and Tan Nguyen will present at the Department of Chemistry's weekly seminar on Friday, May 29th  at 3:15 in room 107 of Science Building I, 1025 SW Mill Street. Seminars are free and open to the public.

James Pankow

Professors David Peyton and James Pankow just published the results of studies demonstrating the formation of formaldehyde in E-cigarettes when used at higher settings. See the paper in the New England Journal of Medicine

Dirk Iwata-Reuyl

Professor Dirk Iwata-Reuyl and his collaborators were recently awarded a new 5-year grant from the NIH to expand their studies on RNA modification.


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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