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Welcome to the Graduate Recruiting Homepage
of the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University!

First of all I would like to thank you for showing an interest in pursuing your academic education here at Kansas State and I want to draw your attention to a few things that could be very important to you as a prospective graduate student.

I am sure that you are currently looking at several different Schools but maybe I can explain why I decided to join the chemistry faculty here at Kansas State.  When I visited KSU for the first time, I did not really know very much about the place.  However, I was very impressed with this medium-sized School for a number of reasons.  First of all, the whole faculty showed a remarkable enthusiasm for their research, and the interactions between faculty and students were relaxed and positive. Second, the Department is big enough to be able to perform world-class research across a range of disciplines, but it is not so big that students become lost; instead, you will get support, attention, a plenty of interactions with your research advisor. Third, the Department is expanding and, as a consequence, much new equipment is coming in and we have research programs that cover areas such as materials chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, microfluidic devices, biophysics, synthesis and detection of biologically active molecules, drug design, applied spectroscopy, design of nanoscale particles, and crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry.

I would strongly encourage you to have a closer look at the web-pages of individual research groups as this will give you a better idea about the research opportunities that we can offer you.  Furthermore, we would be happy to send you a CD with more information, simply contact the department and request application forms and an information package (don’t forget to include your postal address).  Alternatively, you can download application forms (domestic applicants and international applicants) and an informative PowerPoint presentation about our department.  Of special interest to you may be the fact that the financial benefits for our graduate students have improved dramatically during the last couple of years.  We are now able to offer very competitive stipends to our Ph.D. students, and you should also know that we are enjoying relatively low costs of living in Manhattan, which should make graduate studies at Kansas State particularly appealing. 

We are very proud of the fact that we are able to offer our graduate students an education and experiences that make they ideally suited to pursue many different exciting career paths; our students readily find employment in both academic and industrial environments after graduation.  Our current graduate students have come here with diverse educational backgrounds and interests, and they continue to make essential and long-lasting lasting contributions to the development of our Department.

We are very happy about the relaxed and respectful interactions that we have between faculty and students at Kansas State University, and I have no doubt that you would prosper both as a scientist and as a person in this environment.

If you need any further information do not hesitate to get in touch (preferably via e-mail)


Best regards,

Christer Aakeröy
Professor, Inorganic and Supramolecular Chemistry
Chair, Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee