In my memory, every Chemistry student who has wanted to go on to grad school has been accepted somewhere. The recommendation letters we write carry tremendous weight. We can say that a student shows critical thinking skills, the ability to work independently, and has been successful in a research environment. This helps a student’s chances enormously when applying to schools.”
-- Charley Liberko, Professor of Chemistry;
Why Study Chemistry at Cornell?
What can I do with a chemistry major? Why should I study at Cornell? Is One Course At A Time a good way to learn chemistry? We have compiled answers to these and other questions in two sets of frequently asked questions:
Cornell's small class sizes and One Course At A Time schedule allow our classes to become become tight learning communities. For eighteen days, you become part of a group learning experience, with significant support from your professors and collaboration with your fellow students.
The block plan also allows us to move from lecture to the lab easily and frequently. And we're not rushed to finish experiments in a narrow window between setup and cleanup -- the lab is ours all day, every day.
Best of all, students have the opportunity to work in small groups with faculty mentors during summer research. Our faculty are all professional scientists with meaningful and varied research interests. But we're also dedicated teachers and our students are treated as full partners in the process, giving them an experience much like that of a graduate school research lab.
Read more about the department in the Fall 2007 Cornell Report, including a summary of what some of our graduates are doing now.