Dr. Lori Wilson, department head, Chemistry & Biochemistry.

It’s not unusual to see positive reactions in the historic Rogers Hall (Dahlonega), the Science and Engineering building (Gainesville), or in the Oconee campus science labs. After all, these UNG buildings house chemistry and biochemistry labs!

Dr. Lori Wilson, department head for UNG’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department, is quick to point out that student success in the department “starts with the commitment and leadership of more than 40 stellar industry-recognized faculty and the selfless time they spend with students mentoring, teaching and preparing them for many of today’s most in-demand careers. We’ve built a remarkable chemistry program, one that is American Chemical Society approved.”

With Dr. Eric Huddleston, students learn technical skills that can be applied in their research.

Research is a vital element in the department’s success. “This past fall we had 12 students working with faculty and involved in research projects in these chemistry disciplines: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, nuclear, organic, polymer and physical chemistry,” Wilson said. Dr. Aimee Tomlinson, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has mentored more than 40 undergraduate researchers and early-career faculty with attention to supporting women in STEM. Tomlinson was one of three recipients honored as a 2020 Outstanding Mentorship awardee by the Chemistry Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Nathan Clement presenting at ACS Southeastern Regional Meeting.

“UNG chemistry and biochemistry students leave here truly competitive on a national level, often presenting at conferences,” Wilson said. “Our graduates earn prominent fellowships and scholarships, graduate school acceptances and top-notch employment offers. One such graduate on the Gainesville campus, Nathan Clement, B.S. Chemistry20, won the 2020 UNG Clark Theodore Traditional Award, the departmental physical chemistry award, and an honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dr. Patricia Todebush, associate department head of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is based primarily on the Gainesville campus. Clement worked with Todebush on undergraduate research which was presented at national and regional conferences. This work also resulted in a peer-reviewed publication in Materials Research. Nathan plans to attend Clemson to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. “All our faculty are laser-focused on delivering an exceptional academic experience to our students enriched through research and community outreach learning opportunities,” Todebush said.

Campus facilities are also key to student success. UNG strategic capital budgeting led to enhancements in historic Rogers Hall this year. Labs and fume hoods were updated to industry standards, more student-friendly areas with furniture and lockers were created, and the second floor entrance to the department was updated.

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