Mission

Mission

Science in the 21st century is rich with opportunity and challenge. Our pillars for success in this complex world are all tied to interactions -- between people, and between disciplines. By building both strong interpersonal connections between our students and faculty, and effective bridges between disciplines, the entering graduate student at Harvard can thrive at the frontiers of research in the chemical and life sciences.

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, with research and training opportunities in many subdisciplines of chemistry. An interdepartmental Ph.D. program in Chemical Physics is also available. Thesis research becomes a significant focus following an initial period of course work, teaching, and sampling of research opportunities through our laboratory rotation system. Students' own interests and those of their faculty supervisor(s) guide the direction of the doctoral studies. The department's interactive and supportive social structure is a key element for promoting a high quality-of-life while achieving a high level of success.