Providing Opportunities for Scholarship and Research at the Department of Chemistry, Howard University

Department of Chemistry, CID Partner Department

525 College St., NW

Washington, DC 20059


Dr. Folahan O. Ayorinde, Professor and CID Team Leader,

Dr. John A.W. Harkless, Assistant Professor,

Mr. Ramsey Smith, Graduate Student Leader,

Department Home Page
Howard University Chemistry Department

Featured Research Groups

Dr. Halpern's Site

Dr. Ayorinde's Site

What do we want to accomplish in the CID?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To provide significant opportunities in graduate education to those students whose level of preparation may not reflect their true potential.

4. 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

The 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.

Key Ideas PowerPoint

Commonalities PowerPoint

Teaching Course Description

What are we doing?

1. 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.

2. 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
Click to this snapshot for a more complete description of the revised 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 development.


1. 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.

2. Build a network of instrumentation and support for state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and training within the next five years.

3. 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.

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