Welcome to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at FAU. The Department offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including the ACS-certified B.S. degree in chemistry, the B.S. degree with a Biochemistry concentration, the Honors Program in Chemistry, and the Doctoral and Master's graduate degrees in Chemistry. Research conducted by faculty in the Department contributes to most major fields of chemistry, such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as cross-disciplinary research areas that include chemical biology and medicinal chemistry, biophysical chemistry, materials chemistry, natural products chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Diversity is a fundamental value of FAU and our Department. We are devoted to fostering an inclusive environment that embraces and celebrates diversity, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation and unique differences among our students and faculty. In our view, diversity encourages creativity and innovation and helps to attract and retain top talent in science. We invite you to explore and consider our variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate student research, which can lead you to a fulfilling career as a chemist in academia or industry.
Vivian Merk, Ph.D. is awarded the FY 2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Equipment/Instrumentation grant. The title of the award is Acquisition of a Transmission Electron Microscope to Enhance Multidisciplinary Research and STEM Education.
Our undergraduate student Daniel Gil Valenzuela, mentored by Vivian Merk, Ph.D., was selected to be Florida Atlantic University’s 2021 Stan and Renee Wimberly Scholar. The Wimberly Scholar award, which has been given to one FAU student each year since 1971, is the most prestigious student academic prize given by our university. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Read more.