Montana State University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mar 05 - PhD Defense-Tigges
Michelle Tigges will defend her Ph.D beginning with a seminar titled “The Application of Mass Spectrometry-Based ‘Omics Technologies To Investigate Environmental Interactions of Microbial Systems.” Thursday March 5th at 3 pm in LJH room 346. Michelle is co-chaired
by Drs.' Brian Bothner and Christine Foreman.

Mar 06 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar- Conboy
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes Dr. John Conboy from the Department of Chemistry, University of Utah. Dr. Conboy will give a seminar titled "Making Sense of the Noise: Second Harmonic Correlation Spectroscopy, a New Method for Measuring Surface Dynamics." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Dr. Conboy is the guest of Professor Rob Walker.

Mar 10 - PhD Defense-Mason
Ms. Katelyn Mason will defend her Ph.D in biochemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Proteomic and Metabolomic Analysis of Near-Isogenic Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Germplasm Shed New Light on Senescence and Plant-Pathogen Interactions." 10 am Plant Science Building room 108. Ms. Mason is working in the lab of Professor Brian Bothner.

Mar 13 - Spring Break

Mar 19 - PhD Defense-Sunsdahl
Mr. Bryce Sunsdahl will defend his Ph.D in chemistry beginning with a seminar (title to follow). ABB room 138 at 3:10
Bryce works in the lab of Professor Tom Livinghouse.

Mar 20 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar-Moraski
Research Scientist Garrett Moraski will give a seminar as part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar series titled "Putting TB to Sleep: Advancement of Imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine Antibacterial Agents (…and Medicinal Chemistry at MSU).” Byker Auditorium 3:10 pm.

Mar 26 - Graduate Student Seminar -Vankoten
Mr. Harrison VanKoten will deliver a graduate student seminar (title to follow) today in the Byker Auditorium 1 pm. Harrison works in the lab of Professor Mary Cloninger.

Mar 27 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar-Colbert
Dr. Chris Colbert from North Dakota State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will give a seminar titled "Understanding a Potent PCB Oxidizing Rieske Oxygenase System." 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Dr. Colbert is the guest of Professor Martin Lawrence.

Apr 03 - University Holiday

Apr 08 - PhD Defense-Smith
Mr. Adrian Smith will defend his Ph.D. beginning with a seminar titled "Synthesis of Nitrogenous Heterocycles Via Group 3 Metal-Catalyzed Hydroamination and Zinc (II) Mediated Metalloamination." 1 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Mr. Smith works in the lab of Professor Tom Livinghouse.

Apr 09 - PhD Defense-Anderson

Apr 10 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar -Szilagyi

Apr 16 - Graduate Student Seminar -Aries
Ms. Michelle Aries will give a 4th year graduate student seminar. Byker Auditorium at 2 pm. Ms. Aries is working in the laboratory of Professor Mary Cloninger.

Apr 17 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar-Skaar
Prof. Eric Skaar from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will give a presentation in the Procrastinator Theatre at 3:10 pm. Professor Skaar is the guest of Professor Jen Dubois.

Apr 24 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar- Thompson
Dr. Ward Thompson from the University of Kansas will give a research presentation titled "Understanding the Structure and Dynamics of Liquids Confined within Nanostructured Porous Materials." 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Dr. Thompson is the guest of Professor Bern Kohler.

Apr 30 - Graduate Student Seminar -McIntyre

May 01 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar-Ellison
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Materials Science Program will host a seminar from Dr. Barney Ellison (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder). The title of Dr. Ellison's talk is "Climate Change, Biomass Energy, and Organic Radicals." 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Professors' Bern Kohler and Rob Walker will host Dr. Ellison.

May 07 - Graduate Student Seminar -Corbin
Ms. Tess Corbin will present a 4th year graduate student seminar (title to follow)today in the Byker at 2 pm. Tess works in the lab of Professor Ed Dratz.

May 08 - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar-Lawrence

May 11 - PhD Defense-Woods
Ms. Lauren Woods will defend her Ph.D in chemistry beginning with a seminar titled "Linear and Nonlinear Optical Studies on Molecular Adsorption at Silica/Liquid Interfaces." 1pm in the Byker Auditorium. Lauren works in the laboratory of Professor Rob Walker.

May 15 - Graduate Student Seminar -Kant
Mr. Ravi Kant will deliver a graduate student seminar (title to follow). 3:10 pm in the Byker Auditorium. Ravi is a graduate student working in the lab of Professor Brian Bothner.


"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

This reflection of Aristotle, which captures our outlook on the endlessly fascinating world of research in chemistry and biochemistry, is inscribed on the cornerstone of the new, $35 million Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Building.

This new home reflects the emergence of our Department as a regional leader in scientific research. We continue to enjoy the greatest success in recruiting outstanding faculty and research professionals, in acquiring new research instrumentation, and in expanding the size and quality of our graduate program. Our growing prominence helped move MSU into the Carnegie Foundation's highest-tier of research universities with "very high research activity". MSU is one of only two universities in the Northwest to achieve this distinction.

As an integral part of our scientific lives, we are committed to excellence in the training the next generation of scientists. Our faculty, staff, and students share a common vision of maintaining a collegial environment in which the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of each individual is nurtured. We strive to stimulate all of our students to learn, to imagine, and to discover. We strive to equip them with every tool that they need to flourish in their own exciting and rewarding careers.

And all of this is happens in "the last best place on earth"! Thank you for your interest in our department. I invite to browse our web pages, and to write, call, or -- best of all -visit us in Bozeman to learn more about us, our science, and opportunities for graduate studies in Big Sky country.

We are committed to excellence in training the next generation of scientists. Our faculty, staff, and students share a common vision of maintaining a collegial environment in which the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of each individual is nurtured. Careful attention is given to each student's preparation, interests, and goals in the design of graduate programs.

We strive to stimulate all of our students to learn, to imagine, to discover - and to equip them with every tool that they need to flourish in their own exciting and rewarding careers. Learning Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State is a unique experience. Not only do we have an excellent research facility, the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building finished in 2007, we have a spectacular new building, Gaines Hall, that reflects the quality of education we provide our students.

Between the new cutting edge 300-seat lecture hall and instructional chemistry labs, Gaines Hall is an integral part of undergraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. "This building will be one of our premier instructional facilities," said Joe Fedock, former MSU Associate Provost. "We want our students to have a great place to study, meet and attend classes. This building is for them."

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers research-oriented programs culminating in the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The faculty in the department have expertise over a broad range of specialty areas including synthesis, structure, spectroscopy, and mechanism. In each of these fields, the strength of the department has been recognized at the international level.

MSU is a dynamic university of 12,000+ students with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry being the strongest and best-funded department. Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral students who emerge from our program have superb career opportunities.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry fosters a highly interdisciplinary environment for research toward investigating, dissecting, and understanding the mechanisms of biochemical, organic, organometallic, and inorganic transformation.

The foci of synthetic efforts within the Department is the generation of novel compounds, natural product synthesis, utilization of biochemical templates for producing material with unique properties, and synthesis of biomimetic and bioinspired nanomaterials.

Spectroscopy is the foundation of experimental chemistry, and is essential for the elucidation of chemical properties, structural features, and reactivity patterns of all chemical compounds.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a broad reach on campus, administering a degree program as well as classes for students in nursing, engineering, physics, biology, pre-med, and other disciplines. At any given time, 500 to 1,000 undergraduates are enrolled in the various classes we offer, with about 90 of those students pursuing one of our three undergraduate majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (teaching option)
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Biochemistry option)
Our degree program - certified by the American Chemical Society - is diverse and flexible, allowing students to tailor studies to their interests. All coursework is career- and employment-directed, preparing students for diverse careers in industry, teaching, and research.

Science should be fun and is fun. Professor Trevor Douglas, an expert in viruses and extremely tiny protein cages, has always believed in the importance of play and a questioning mind. To develop those in children, Douglas came up with the idea for Science Saturdays. The unique aspect of Science Saturdays is that it provides a way for faculty to share their interest in science and their research with children in the community. Most children have never met a research scientist before.

"When you look at what's available fo kids in Bozeman, if you are good at sports, there are fantastic opportunities," Douglas said. "If you are good at music, there are fantastic programs. We want to offer more opportunities for kids that are interested in science and encourage all kids to come learn how to ask questions, play with science and learn about the exciting science that is happening at MSU directly from the person doing the work. We have incredible researchers in this town, and this is a way for them to connect with the next generation of learners."

In addition, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Outreach program has developed a list of over twenty scientific researchers and their areas of expertise for use by local schools in order to facilitate talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.