Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Studies Committee

The Chemistry Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC) consists of several chemistry faculty and our undergraduate program coordinator. They serve as academic advisors and handle undergraduate student concerns including declaration of a major or minor, petitions for waiver or substitution of program requirements, and other curriculum or program questions. 

Faculty members listed below have primary responsibilities for undergraduates studies.  All committee members are "authorized signatures" for required paperwork to declare a major or minor in chemistry. Requests for transfer of course credit should be directed to Deb Contestabile

While a member of this committee is a good place to start if you have questions, students should also feel free to contact any of their professors, or one of our chemistry peer advisors with questions.  

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

d.contestabile Deb Contestabile
Administrative Assistant, Chemistry Department
Hutchison 404D
(585) 276-3663
ugradadm@chem.rochester.edu

 

Faculty Advisors

goodman

Professor Joshua L. Goodman
Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee
Hutchison 460
(585) 275-4891
joshua.goodman@rochester.edu
Interests: Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

farrar

Professor James Farrar
Hutchison B19
(585) 275-5834
farrar@chem.rochester.edu
Interests: Dynamical studies of low energy ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase; imaging studies of collisions; photochemistry of size-selected ionic clusters

frontier

Professor Alison Frontier
Hutchison 414
(585) 275-2568
alison.frontier@rochester.edu
Interests:  Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; discovery of new reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes

hafensteiner

Dr. Benjamin Hafensteiner
Hutchison 124
(585) 275-1936
benjamin.hafensteiner@rochester.edu
Interests: General and Organic Chemistry

krugh

Professor Thomas R. Krugh
Hutchison 459
(585) 275-4224
krugh@chem.rochester.edu
Interests:  Biophysical chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

schroeder

Professor Wolf Udo Schröder
Hutchison 466
(585) 275-8263
w.udo.schroeder@rochester.edu
Interests:  Dynamics of complex nuclear reactions at intermediate and high energies



Committee Functions

Chemistry Major Advisor

Any Committee Member

Chemistry Minor Advisor

Any Committee Member

Approval for Transfer Credit

Goodman & Contestabile

Senior Research Theses and Symposium

Krugh & Contestabile

ACS Student Affiliates Advisor

Krugh

Review of Senior Transcripts and Latin Honors

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Transcripts and Readmission Applications

Goodman

Undergraduate Awards and Nominations

Goodman & Contestabile

Graduation Ceremonies

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Freshman Academic Handbook,
Bulletin for Undergraduate Studies

Goodman & Contestabile

Review of Formal Petitions

Committee

College Fall, Spring and Summer Advising Meetings

Committee