Chemistry student working in the lab


The mission of the Chemistry Department is to become well known in the Chicago-land area for its innovative teaching and research scholarship.  Its strong B.S. and M.S. programs prepare students for careers in chemical industry (pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, food, environmental, materials, etc.).  The curriculum also provides an appropriate background for students planning to attend graduate or professional schools in chemistry (Ph.D. programs), medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and other professional health fields. 

The strength of the Chemistry Department is demonstrated by the placement of our majors into the workforce shortly after graduation as well as their acceptance into graduate and professional programs at highly regarded institutions across the country.  For example, Max Goldmeier (B.S. December, 2012) is employed at Spherotech (Lake Forest, IL) synthesizing polymeric microparticles.  Taral Patel (M.S. December, 2012) is employed at SA Analytical, LLC (Mundelein, IL) quantifying active ingredient in pharmaceutical products. Balamani Sittampalli (M.S. December 2010) is employed at Harvard University-Neurology Department (Cambridge, MA) developing and validating methods to determine chemicals in brain samples.  Lubna Masu (M.S. December 2012) is currently employed as adjunct faculty at the Dupage Community College. Mark Majewski (M.S. May 2010) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at The University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame Indiana).  Sarah Vorpahl (B.S. December, 2011) is pursuing a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington).  Sarah also received a prestigious Advanced Materials for Energy Fellowship upon admission to the program.  Steven Jerome (B.S. May, 2010) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Columbia University (New York, New York).  In May 2011, Steven received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Award.  Umesh Chaudhary (B.S. May, 2011) and Fernando Tobias (B.S. May, 2011) are pursuing a Ph.D programs in chemistry at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively.  Brian Lampert (B.S. May, 2013) and Keith Arntson (B.S. May, 2013) have been recently admitted to a Ph.D program in chemistry at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN), respectively.  Kristen Veldman (B.S. May 2013) is pursuing a master degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN).  Ariadna Martinez (B.S. May 2011) and Ian Karall (B.S. May, 2011) are pursuing Pharm. D programs at DePaul University (Chicago, IL) and Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), respectively.  Huong Le (B.S. May 2010) is continuing a Doctor of Dentistry program at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).  Linh Le (B.S. May, 2011) is pursuing a graduate degree in nursing at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL). 

The Chemistry Department is proud of the success of all of our graduates and strives to continue designing new coursework and programs to help NEIU students achieve their educational and career goals.