Hello, if you are considering graduate program in Chemistry, perhaps you should take a look at Nebraska. Hey, just look at the map….
Do you see…… the Nebraska Advantage?
No, I am not making this up! “Look at a map of the United States and you’ll immediately notice one of Nebraska’s biggest advantages — location!”, you can find this statement here.
And the slogan…NEBRASKA…the good life….
Yeah, life is pretty good around here, especially for grad students. The current annual stipend for a TA is approximately $21,000. Applicants with outstanding records are eligible for additional fellowships such as Othmer ($7,500/year) and Chancellor’s ($3,000/year). The Nebraska Advantage….relatively low cost of living in Lincoln, a friendly college town and the capital city of Nebraska…. take a virtual tour.
Yeah money is not everything. But hey, you may laugh at this (I did too), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) rates 6th in U.S. News ‘Most Popular College’ list, and it is the top most popular public university (News). There must be good things about the Big Red!
Seriously, we can do great Chemistry research here at UNL. Take a look at the Chemistry building, huge, Hamilton Hall. Take a tour. We have pretty good Research Instrumentation Facility, and I am sure the organickers would really love this: plenty of NMR time slots! And of course in the RajcaLab, there are many exciting cool research projects to work on. We have many sophisticated instruments in our lab—SQUID, EPR, CD… There are 7 vacuum lines and 3 gloveboxes for organic synthesis. Wanna see our lab, take a tour.
Remember, the purpose of going to graduate school is to learn, especially to develop the experimental skills and techniques, as well as to hone your problem solving abilities. In our group, you will learn many things…from multi-step organic syntheses (in particular those 1-2-milligram scale in which small equivalent amount of reagents are added…..by counting drops!), handlings of air and moisture sensitive materials, magnetic characterizations and so on…. Another big advantage… you will learn how to do things correctly from close interactions in small research group, like….learning directly from a master. Life is easier if you don’t have to learn from your own mistake, especially for inexperience undergrads.
So, are you ready? APPLY NOW. And you may be invited to visit us…
Still have questions…..post them here…. or contact me directly at srajca1 at unl dot edu.