Johns Hopkins University was the first American institution to emphasize graduate education and to establish a PhD program in chemistry. Founding Chair Ira Remsen initiated a tradition of excellence in research and education that has continued until this day. The Hopkins graduate program is designed for students who desire a PhD in chemistry while advancing scientific knowledge for humankind.

The graduate program provides students with the background and technical expertise required to be leaders in their field and to pursue independent research.

Graduate students’ advancement is marked by entrance exams, coursework, teaching, seminars, oral examinations, and an individual research project that culminates in a thesis dissertation. The thesis research project represents an opportunity for graduate students to make a mark on the world. Working in conjunction with a faculty member or team, individually tailored thesis projects enable students to think independently about cutting-edge research areas that are of critical importance. Thesis research is the most important step toward becoming a PhD scientist, and our program provides an outstanding base with a proven track record of success.

Graduate students make up the heart of the Chemistry Department, and the department strives to support students’ individual needs. Each student is carefully advised and classes are traditionally quite small. Multidisciplinary research and course offerings that increase scientific breadth and innovation are hallmarks of the program.

Graduate Student Liaison Committee

The Chemistry Student Liaison Committee is a group of chemistry graduate students that provides assistance in organizing events that will foster the growth of social networking/interactions within the chemistry department and the Johns Hopkins community.

These events include monthly happy hours, an annual golf tournament, and organizing the Roseman Graduate Student-Hosted Symposium. The committee also provides assistance with annual department activities such as the mentoring of prospective students, graduate recruitment weekend, and orientation events.

Contact for more information on how to participate.

Chem DNA

ChemDNA is a student-run organization in the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in 2016 as a means to foster an inclusive environment in the department and discipline. Since then, ChemDNA has planned a variety of events including Thirsty for Diversity Coffee Hours, outreach events to K-12 students in Baltimore City, and diversity discussion groups. We also have exciting new events in the horizon such as research symposia, student recruitment, and partnerships with other diversity-focused groups on campus. All members of the Hopkins community, including but not limited to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers, are welcome to join and participate in furthering our mission.