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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.
 Ciera Duronslet | Is currently working on her PhD in chemistry at LSU.
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.


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.



  • March 18, 2015 at 10:20 am
    Linpeng He, a Nicholls chemistry major, won the best overall chemistry poster at the recent meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences.  Chao Dong also presented in this category with students from all over the state.  One judge noted, "Nicholls' students shined" in their presentations. Great job Linpeng & Chao!...
  • March 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm
    Nicholls students in Chem 405 attended PittConn in New Orleans last week (March 12th). Shown left to right are Chao Dong, Dr. Wayment, Alex Rivere and Linpeng He. Not pictured is Dr. Chauvin, who also accompanied the group. The students are shown overloaded with goodies and appear to be in a daze after observing the many "cool" instrumentation available for chemical analysis....
  • January 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm
    Chemistry professor, Dr. Uttam Pokharel, recently published his work in organic chemistry in a prestigious international journal, Nature Communications.  Check out his paper here.  Also, see this article in LSU's Daily Reveille....
  • July 5, 2014 at 6:11 am
     Ciera Duronslet, 2010 chemistry graduate of Nicholls, recently won the LSU TA Scholar award for outstanding work as a graduate teaching assistant in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Ms. Duronslet is working towards a PhD and is currently carrying out her dissertation research with George Stanley at LSU....
  • 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....
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