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Sloan Chemistry PhD Program

Purdue Department of Chemistry Boasts Largest Number of Underrepresented (URM) Ph.D.’s in Country which includes African American and Latinos (with a large number of Puerto Ricans). Since 2000 92 Ph.Ds. have been produced. The largest URM number in the US.

Sloan Program

Purdue was selected by the Sloan Foundation because Purdue Chemistry department had demonstrated a commitment to educating URM students. Sloan guaranteed the chemistry student financial support as long as they were making progress toward their PhDs. 

The Purdue University Chemistry Department is committed to the preparation of its students, staff and faculty to succeed in a workforce and global community that is becoming increasingly diverse. To do this successfully its climate must foster a culture of inclusion – one that is open, welcoming and nurturing to everyone, regardless of rank or position of authority.

The recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, staff and faculty is essential to creating and sustaining departmental diversity. Retention is enhanced by assuring that service on committees is equitably distributed, salary decisions are transparent and professional advancement is encouraged. Retention in all categories is adversely impacted by the relative isolation experienced by underrepresented groups, both within the department and within the larger academic community.

We are proud that our Department is dealing from strength as we strive towards these goals. Using the latest available data, we were highly-ranked in these areas:

  • First in the nation in the number of Native American doctoral recipients.
  • Top-ten in the nation in the number of African-American doctoral recipients.
  • Top-ten in the nation in the number of Hispanic doctoral recipients.

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