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Leah Garber | currently in her third year of graduate school at LSU. She is pursuing a PhD in chemistry, and her research involves developing polymeric materials that are biocompatible.
Casey Brunet | began working at Cornerstone Chemical as a chemist after graduation.
Corey Thibodaux | a recent chemistry graduate, is now working at Dow as a quality control specialist.

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Welcome to the Physical Science Department at Nicholls State University.  We are the home of the Chemistry program. In addition to Chemistry, faculty in our department offer courses in Astronomy, Geology, Physics, and Physical Sciences.

Chemistry is all about matter and the transformations that matter undergoes. Matter is anything that has mass and occupies space. It can be as small as an atom or as large as the biggest bodies in the universe. In short, it’s what makes up the world around us. Chemists study matter wherever it occurs – in both living and nonliving systems. Some chemists study matter that occurs naturally. Other chemists transform matter into new substances that cannot be found in nature. Chemistry is both practical and theoretical at the same time. We study matter because of our innate curiosity and because we can put it to practical use. For more on what chemists do and on careers in chemistry go to www.acs.org

We offer three concentrations within the Chemistry programs

  • Chemistry Professional (CHPR) is for students interested in graduate school and/or careers in the chemical sciences
  • Chemistry Premedical/Predental (CHDM) is for students preparing for medical or dental school.
  • Chemistry Prepharmacy (CHPH) is for students preparing for Pharmacy.

If you are curious about the world around you and are looking for a career where you can use both your head and your hands, accept the challenge and major in Chemistry.

NEWS


 

  • January 17, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Dr. Vincent Sichula and his undergraduate research students, Mi Chen and Jonathan Ross attended the Louisiana Organic Chemistry Symposium on 11/22/2013 in Baton Rouge at Louisiana State University (LSU). Mi Chen presented a poster and Jonathan Ross gave an oral presentation. The symposium was an excellent venue for the students to present their research and network with peers from various institutions in Louisiana and neighboring Gulf South states. The keynote speakers for the symposium featured organic chemists Prof. Deborah Dolliver from Southeastern Louisiana University and Prof. Richmond Sarpong from UC Berkeley....
  • January 17, 2014 at 11:23 am
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Vincent Sichula received $ 10,000 funding for a proposal submitted to the Pilot Funding for New Research (Pfund) competition, entitled “Synthesis and Molecular Design of Metal Free Organic Dye-Sensitizers for Solar Cells”. The grant is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is administered through the Louisiana Board of Regents. The main goal of the Pfund grant is to stimulate new research and enable faculty to become more competitive for federal research funding. Dr. Sichula as a lead investigator will collaborate with Dr. Yusheng Dou and Dr. Glenn Lo to design and prepare organic materials for solar cells....
  • August 20, 2013 at 10:10 am
    Assistant Professor of Physics Kaisa Young is the lead investigator for a recently funded LaSpace grant:  "Legacy of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Star Formation in Perseus."  Dr. Young, along with collaborator Dr. Chad Young, will use infrared observations of the Perseus molecular cloud to study the process by which low-mass stars form. The project will also include a public outreach component where Dr. Young and a Nicholls student will visit schools and host star parties....
  • August 20, 2013 at 9:44 am
    Chad & Kaisa Young, professors of physics, presented at NealFest: Observing the Universe from Molecules to Galaxies  held at The University of Texas at Austin on April 24-27, 2013....
  • August 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Undergraduate chemistry students are invited to apply for a Spring research internship at Oak Ridge National Lab & other national labs.  Interns will work on cutting edge projects with the best scientists in the world.  Students also receive a stipend ($2000/month), a housing allowance, and have a wonderful time in the Smoky Mountains. More info about ORNL here:  Want to apply? ...
  • May 17, 2013 at 4:18 am
    Ormet Primary Aluminum Corporation, located in Burnside, Louisiana is accepting applications for a Laboratory Technician. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree and a background in chemistry. Starting salary is ~$20/hour + benefits. Contact Tami Diez Templet at 225-474-1645 or Tami.Templet@ormet.com for more information....
  • May 8, 2013 at 10:10 am
    Dr. Vincent Sichula and Mi Chen were awarded a Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award to study the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol. The Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program seeks to foster opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students will have the opportunity to become engaged in a professional researcher's work.  Students accepted for the SURE program receive a stipend of $4,000....
  • April 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    Drs. Wayment, Lo, and Baker completed the first Chemistry Roadshow, highlighting informative and interesting science concepts like spectroscopy and chromatography; student Holly Falgoust also assisted with the event. The site of the first such effort was Hahnville HS on Friday, April 26th. Students in the AP Chemistry class were invited to learn through computer assisted laboratory experiences.   Several other Road Trips are in the planning and preparation stages. If interested, please contact Drs. Lo (glenn.lo@nicholls.edu) or Wayment (darcey.wayment@nicholls.edu). Funding and equipment provided by the Fourchon Oilman's Association and Vernier Scientific....
  • April 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Nikki Lawless, a Nicholls chemistry alumnus, has been named to manage the Waterford 3 Chemistry Department.  Waterford 3 is a nuclear power plant operated by Entergy.  Lawless has worked there for 18 years, ever since she served at Waterford as a college intern.  Congratulations Nikki!...
  • April 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    Jonathan Comeaux, chemistry major, finished second overall in LSU's Collegiate Race Weekend.   Great job, Jonathan! Photos at: Also, see the Nicholls Cycling Facebook page:...
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