What do we want to accomplish in the CID?
To maintain and build upon the role of the Department as a leading
provider of doctorate education to students of African descent and
other groups that are underrepresented in the chemical profession.
To develop students who can demonstrate excellent theoretical
knowledge, think critically, as well as communicate basic chemistry
knowledge and research findings to scientists and students through oral
presentations, lectures, peer-reviewed publications, communicate
effectively, and supervise undergraduate and graduate research projects.
To provide significant opportunities in graduate education to those
students whose level of preparation may not reflect their true
To develop an environment that will foster scientific integrity, and
promote collegial atmosphere that enables open exchange of intellectual
ideas, and good work ethics.
More About Our Department
Department of Chemistry at Howard University has a deep historical
commitment to the training of African Americans and others of African
descent. However, we actively recruit and train talented students from
all communities, on both the undergraduate and graduate level. The
Department fully dedicates itself to developing confident scholars
through research, mentoring, professional development, and networking
in order for them to excel in the global community. At the graduate
level, we seek out promising students who can benefit from the Howard
University experience by providing training in funded, and nationally
competitive research projects that will prepare them for leadership
roles in industrial, government, or university careers.
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Teaching Course Description
What are we doing?
Revised graduate program provides flexibility in individual course
sequences, allows for early transition to research enterprise, enables
research and training interdisciplinarity, as well as provide the
opportunity to integrate different aspects of professional development
into the curriculum.
Revised program enables an early assessment (quality control) of
students' commitment and competency to pursue doctorate education after
providing in-coming students the opportunities for Summer preparatory
workshop, and special courses, aimed at enhansing their preparedness
for graduate studies.
Innovations: Flexible, Student-specific Curriculum
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doctoral program. The revised program enables early transition to
research enterprise, as well as provide opportunities for
student-specific curriculum, interdisciplinarity, early assessment of
quality control, and integration of various aspects of professional
Develop a graduate program by Fall, 2004, which allows for timely
completion of required coursework, provides a strong foundation for
research, and ensures competency in various communication skills.
Build a network of instrumentation and support for state-of-the-art
interdisciplinary research and training within the next five years.
Increase graduate enrollment from the current 34 to 40 by 2005/06, to
45 by 2006/07, to 50 by 2007/08, to 55 by 2008/09, and to 60 by
2009/10, and increase the annual production of African American
doctorates to 7 by 2010.