Message from the Director

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Welcome to the Chemistry Graduate Program at York University. As you know, chemists play a pivotal role in today's society, with remarkable impacts in many fields, including health (through the development of new high-performing materials, new drugs and synthetic methodologies, and new methods to ensure exceptional air and water quality) and technology (through the development of more effective photovoltaic cells, LED lights, photochromic materials, and many other components in your smart phones).

The Chemistry Department offers MSc and PhD programs that are fully accredited by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. Ground-breaking research in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry, and in other specialized (e.g., atmospheric chemistry and mass spectroscopy) and emerging interdisciplinary fields (e.g., biological and materials chemistry) is conducted in state-of-the-art laboratories and research centres, housed in three buildings, including our new 160,000-square foot Life Sciences Building.

The Department fosters a friendly and collegial environment with exceptional mentoring and advising from the faculty members that is otherwise difficult to achieve in larger departments. We are very proud of the individual attention that all students enrolled in the Program receive. Students have the privilege to interact with faculty members who were trained at world-class institutions (Harvard, MIT, Yale, Berkeley, Oxford, London, Moscow State, São Paulo, etc.), including two faculty members who have worked with Nobel Prize laureates.

As members of the third largest university in Canada, our students take advantage from a plethora of services and clubs available to them. Over 400 clubs exist, allowing students to develop a sense of community while working on other skills that are essential in the job market. Many students are also engaged in the Teaching Commons with courses and workshops to enrich their graduate experience.

Thanks to their formal training in chemistry and to other development opportunities, our students have been very successful. Some have used their degree at York as a stepping-stone to further their academic training at prestigious international institutions (Dublin City University, Max-Plank Institute, MIT, Stanford, UNC-Chapel Hill, etc.) Some have accepted teaching positions in high schools and post-secondary institutions (York University, Seneca College, Georgian College). Others have found positions in the industrial and government sectors (AB SCIEX, Apotex, Dalton Pharma, DOW Chemicals, Environment Canada, Gilead Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Zealand Department of Defence Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Patheon, Princess Margaret Hospital, Sanofi-Pasteur).

Regardless of your goals and specific interests, the Graduate Program in Chemistry will bring you places you would have never thought possible. We will join in your excitement and help you achieve your full potential. You will develop into the chemist and the person you always dreamed of. We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the Graduate Program Assistant

Truly yours,

Prof. Gino G. Lavoie
Graduate Program Director
Department of Chemistry