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Graduate Student Life


A wide range of reasonably priced living accommodations is available for rent in University Circle, the adjoining suburb of Cleveland Heights, and other nearby eastern suburbs. Clarke Tower is a modern 11-story residence hall for unmarried graduate students.

Off-campus rental accommodations include rooms, apartments, and houses. Many are in Cleveland Heights within convenient walking distance of campus. Other such properties are located in neighboring Shaker Heights and University Heights. Students often share apartments in these areas for $180 to $240 each per month. Private apartments for married students rent from around $500 to $600 a month.

The University Housing Bureau assists students in finding housing on and off campus. The Department of Chemistry can also help entering students find housing.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of the Department of Chemistry is an organization that promotes the collective interests of the graduate students in the department, provides an official communication link with the faculty, and coordinates various professional and social activities. Membership is open to all chemistry graduate students who pay nominal dues. The GSA is led by a governing board of seven upperlevel and two first-year graduate students. Members of the GSA have seats on departmental Committees and use these positions to advance the views of graduate students on current issues. The GSA also sponsors the department’s fall picnic, Christmas party, and other festivities, and helps each fall with orientation for new students.

After Graduation

The Department of Chemistry actively assists its students in finding their first professional positions, devoting considerable effort to placing them in jobs for which they are well suited and in which they are likely to prosper.

The record of professional achievements by the graduate alumni of the department is a genuinely impressive one. Most have taken positions both challenging and financially rewarding, often with considerable responsibility and authority.

About 55 percent of the Ph.D. alumni hold industrial or government posts, and about 21 percent are in academic careers. Those with industrial jobs are typically situated with major companies such as duPont, BF Goodrich, BP America, Dow, and General Electric. Those in academic careers have a range of teaching, research, and administrative positions. Alumni are to be found on the faculties of such universities as Cornell, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, and Purdue. Approximately 6 percent of the Ph.D. alumni work in government laboratories, principally those of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Almost all of the department’s Ph.D. alumni live and work in the United States, with a large fraction in the lower Great Lakes states.

The department follows the careers of its alumni with interest and has contact with most of them. Individual faculty and the department as a whole stand ready to provide career development help to alumni whenever asked.

Many of the alumni maintain active professional as well as personal relationships with the department. A number have served on consultative and governing boards of the department in recent years. Alumni who live near the campus regularly attend the colloquia and Frontiers in Chemistry lecture series and participate in various special courses and workshops.



A Mentee Guidebook for Students:

How Graduate Students Can Become Respected Professionals and Trusted Colleagues
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