Catalyst, /‘ka-te-lest/

noun 
1. A substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly, 2. A person or event that quickly causes change or action.
- Merriam Webster
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Will you be our next catalyst?

A catalyst often speeds up a chemical reaction by providing new pathways that are more efficient than previous methods. Our department possesses a different style of catalyst – the students that make our department one of the most active undergraduate research programs in the country. Like the chemical catalyst, they create and explore new pathways to solve problems of great importance to the discipline and society.

Almost every major singles out their research experience and close collaboration with faculty members as the best experience of their time in our department. Here are some stories of current catalysts in our department.

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Corbin Arrasmith

Corbin is always ready to explore new ideas and solve challenges associated with that endeavour.

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Julia Ziebro

Her intelligence and skills in the lab will launch her in to a career as a successful research scientist.

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Emma Gordon

Hard-working, innovative and well-traveled, Emma has already co-authored one research manuscript published in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.

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Max Boyle

With plans to attend medical school after graduation, Max meets the demands of organic synthetic research.

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Quynh Nguyen

At NKU, Quynh is known as a tenacious and formidible individual in the research lab never giving up when the results are not satisfactory.

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Cory Black

Cory's experiements formed the core of his poster presentation representing NKU’s Center for Integrative Science and Mathematics at Kentucky's Posters at the Capitol in Frankfort.

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John Johnson

A recent convert to chemistry, John's drive and commitment have led to a leadership role in a multi-institution research collaboration.

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MAJORING IN CHEMISTRY: WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Degree Awarded: B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry

Students enrolled in the NKU Department of Chemistry receive high-quality instruction and have access to modern facilities and equipment that are essential to the learning process.  

We offer several programs of study, including a Bachelor of Science degree that meets requirements for American Chemical Society certification. Fulll-time faculty members conduct lecture and laboratory courses at every level.

Program Contact Information

Katie Lovold
Academic Coordinator

859-572-5409
lovoldk1@nku.edu

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

For the last four years around 60 students on average have engaged in research projects directed by faculty mentors. With faculty assistance, students have secured nearly $4M over the last six years alone! Their work is conducted in modern labs with more than $2M of instrumentation rarely found at similar institutions.

FACULTY RESEARCH

Chemistry faculty members are active in research. To learn about ongoing projects you can participate in, speak with the faculty or click on the button below.

FACULTY RESEARCH PROJECTS

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EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

The NKU Chemistry Department takes pride in the educational outreach projects it conducts on campus and in the community. 

Several of our faculty members have published work that promotes chemistry education. They also share their time and expertise in community education projects with local schools and libraries. 

Some of our community education projects include:

  • Conducting outreach activities in local libraries as part of National Chemistry Week
  • Judging science fairs