Chemistry Department 2014

 The following document is in support of the Department's Strategic Plan

Oregon State University Chemistry Vision Statement

The Department makes distinct and lasting contributions at the forefront of chemistry by focusing on two signature areas of basic research:


I. Improve human health.

Advancing our understanding of diseases requires a molecular toolset for probing and affecting the structures of biological targets and the modulation of biological pathways and networks. Through advances in target-based drug discovery, small-molecule synthesis, and techniques for studying biomolecular processes, the Chemistry Department paves the way for treatments to improve human health.

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Diagnosis and Exploration

Develop novel tools, technologies, and techniques to identify and better understand disease at the molecular level, which enables advances in diagnosis and mechanism of action.

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Identify promising molecules and methods for the treatment of human diseases with cross-disciplinary approaches and strategic partnerships to facilitate clinical development.


II. Develop and design new materials and chemical processes that lead the way to a sustainable future.

Growing populations and rising living standards are placing undue pressures on maintaining ecological diversity and balance. The Chemistry Department conducts research on innovative, economically driven approaches that will preserve the planet, support sustainable development, and raise global living standards.

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Renewable Energy

Drive discovery and development of new chemistries that will enable high-efficiency energy conversion to electricity and high-density energy storage.

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Transform the design and implementation of unit chemical processes to make them energy efficient, environmentally benign, and conducive to rapid commercialization.


The Department seeks to transform the student experience by integrating teaching, research, and professional development across the curriculum.

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Proactive student success initiatives are facilitated by interactive teaching techniques, advanced classroom facilities, and integrated approaches to undergraduate laboratory classes. Students are engaged as scientists through undergraduate research, and career development is fostered through external internships. 

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The graduate experience is focused on supporting individual career pathways through integration of research and professional skills development. Opportunities are provided to collaborate across disciplines and to apply knowledge in areas beyond chemistry. Internships in industry and at national laboratories provide valuable experiences for those planning research careers in R&D. Our Teaching Mentor program provides a unique mentor and in-class experience for students planning a career in academics.

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Distance Education

To promote student opportunities and access, the Department draws on the excellence of the our on-campus courses to deliver an online education experience now ranked among the Top 5 programs in the US.

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Through our platform of “Training the Innovator,” the Department strengthens student skill levels in communication, teamwork, strategic planning, and networking, thereby enhancing potential for career success. Network building expands the reach of the Department and creates new pathways to translate basic research to commercial products.