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ASU chemistry program gains accreditation

Via Albany CEO

The Albany State University chemistry program received three-year certification by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training (CPT) for excellence in chemistry education.

The accreditation, the department’s first by the committee, validates the Albany State University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program as one that provides quality academic and training opportunities for students.

“This has been a long process, but one that the chemistry faculty has pursued rigorously because we know that we have a stellar chemistry program,” said Louise Wrensford, Ph.D., chemistry professor, interim vice provost for Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and dean for the ASU Graduate School. “With this certification, we hope to attract more students who are serious about a career in the field of chemistry.”

The CPT-granted accreditation is a result of the department’s strong academic program, research initiatives, active faculty, graduates success, and the state-of-the-art equipment and resources used  to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to be competitive in chemistry and related careers, according to Wrensford.

“This is a great accomplishment that will benefit the chemistry students at Albany State University. It is a strong indicator that the chemistry program has offered the national level of quality in teaching and research,” said Seong Seo, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry.

All chemistry faculty members are engaged in research that includes mentoring undergraduate students. Most faculty members have received federal funding to support their research.

“Chemistry faculty members have brought in more than $10 million in grants as principal investigators and co-principal investigators over a 10-year period,” Wrensford said.

More than 85 percent of ASU chemistry graduates go on to careers in the field or to graduate and professional schools, according to the department’s 2010 through 2012 graduate assessments and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools assessment.

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