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Chemistry moves the world…one element at a time

Chemistry moves the world…one element at a time

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Chemistry moves the world…one element at a time

A faculty composed of Ph.D. chemists; upperclass students to mentor and support you; research and internship opportunities to match your interests. These elements make Iona a great choice for aspiring scientists who are curious about the natural world and eager to make an impact.

Academically challenging, career oriented

At Iona, you’ll explore the science of chemistry in an environment that is intellectually demanding but designed for your success.

Our modern lab facilities are equipped with advanced instrumentation and technology, and our program meets the rigorous requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society, the premier organization for professional chemists in the US.

Chemistry Department awarded prestigious Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Award from Dreyfus Foundation

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Iona College Board of Trustees Endowed Professor and Chair of Chemistry, has received the 2016 Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Award from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The award provides an $18,500 grant for the Department of Chemistry to bring a leading researcher to campus to give public and technical lectures in the chemical sciences and to support two undergraduate students in summer research.

As part of this prestigious award, Professor Geraldine (Geri) Richmond will be honored as a Jean Dreyfus Lecturer at Iona College. During her two-day residence at Iona, she will significantly interact with students and faculty in the chemistry department. During her stay on April 11-12, she will deliver a keynote speech at the 8th Annual Iona Scholars Day event, entitled "Empowering Global Scientific Engagement," and a technical talk entitled "Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship between Oil and Water" to a scientific audience.

"Professor Richmond is a highly acclaimed scientist, who is known for her study of complex surface chemistry, as well as her service on National science boards and work on the advancement of women in science internationally," Dr. Lee said. "Her visit will surely stimulate scientific research at Iona and will catalyze an even greater level of enthusiasm for scholarly activity among the Chemistry student body and achievement in our department. We are very excited to welcome her to Iona College."

A high degree of faculty support

Supported by our expert faculty and tight-knit student body, you will graduate with the experience and technical knowledge you need to take the next step, whether that means immediate employment or acceptance into the most competitive graduate programs.

Chemistry Careers and Networking

Our Careers in Science at Iona (CSI) program offers you a chance to explore a range of career pathways in the sciences by meeting with accomplished professionals to network and discuss opportunities in their fields.

Learn about research and scholarship in the Department of Chemistry

Learn about undergraduate research opportunities in the Department of Chemistry

A chemistry degree from Iona leads to success in many different fields, including:

  • Scientific research
  • Industrial science
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Teaching
  • Higher education
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Public health
  • Food chemistry

National Science Foundation S-STEM Program

Iona College has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to recruit, support and retain undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science. The award will support economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude, for scholarships in Chemistry and Computer Science, through the Iona College Development of Excellence in Science through Intervention, Resilience, and Enrichment (DESIRE) Program.
Learn about the program

Clare Boothe Luce Program

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Since its first grants in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) has become the single most significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering. Clare Boothe Luce, the widow of Henry R. Luce, was a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. In her bequest establishing this program, she sought "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in science, mathematics and engineering." See more information on the national program.

Student Success

The enthusiasm the faculty had for chemistry was inspiring and made me excited about the research. All of the professors I have had have not only taught me a great deal in the classroom but have also been excellent mentors.

Allyson Moffat

Chemistry Major