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The chemistry department will not suspend doctoral admissions. students next year

The Chemistry Department, located in the Roy & Diana Vagelos Laboratories building, will accept a Ph.D. applications from October 1 to December 1 for fall 2021.

Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

One day after the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Steven J. Fluharty announcement this school-funded doctorate. admissions would be canceled for the 2021-2022 academic year, the Department of Chemistry announced on its website that it will continue to accept new doctorates. students.

While the Chemistry Department is to suffer the same budget cut as other SAS departments, the Ph.D. in Chemistry. students are typically supported by research grants from government agencies such as the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and pharmaceutical and chemical companies, Roy and Diana Vagelos, Professor of chemistry and director of the Department of Chemical Biology David W. Christianson wrote in an email to the Daily Pennsylvanian.

The chemistry department is therefore able to structure the budget cut over a period of several years, allowing it to continue to accept students for its doctorate. program, wrote Christianson. The fall 2021 cohort, however, will be smaller than usual, according to the ministry’s website.

“The cuts to our graduate program are a blow to America’s chemistry workforce at a time when discovery and innovation are reaching unprecedented heights,” Christianson wrote. “We can only hope that SAS’s financial situation will improve soon.”

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Beth S. Wenger confirmed that a few graduate programs, particularly in the natural sciences, will be able to continue to accept a “limited number” of doctorates. students in its programs with external funds.

Students can submit a Ph.D. applications to the Chemistry Department from October 1 to December 1 for admission in the fall of 2021. According to the website, Graduate Record Examinations, commonly referred to as GREs, are not required for this application cycle.

Christianson took Twitter earlier in the day to clear up the confusion surrounding the Ph.D. admissions.

“To correct misinformation circulating the Twitterverse: @PennChemistry will admit a Ph.D. students over the coming year, although our entry class will be a bit smaller,” he wrote. “Our exciting journey of discovery continues…”

Fluharty and Wenger wrote in an email Tuesday to tenured SAS faculty and graduate students that the decision to suspend admissions to the school’s funded doctorate. programs was carried out due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the school’s finances.

“While we recognize this news is disappointing, we also believe it is the most responsible course of action in these volatile times,” Fluharty and Wenger wrote. “We hope to accept applications in the fall of 2021 and welcome a new cohort of graduate students in the 2022-23 academic year.”

In the coming weeks, Fluharty and Wenger will meet with graduate and department directors to create a program that will provide funding for current doctoral students. students who need more time to complete their studies.

“Our graduate students stoke the fires of discovery at Penn Chemistry, and ultimately in the academic and industrial labs they join upon graduation,” Christianson wrote.

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