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 Elaine Maholick

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

maholick-elaine_web.jpgElaine Maholick
Administrative Assistant, Chemistry Department
Hutchison 404D
(585) 276-3663


Faculty Advisors

frontierProf. Alison Frontier
Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee

Hutchison 414
(585) 275-2568
Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; cationic cascade
frontierProf. Joseph Dinnocenzo
Hutchison 463
(585) 275-8351
Interests: Mechanistic and physical organic chemistry
frontierProf. Ignacio Franco
Hutchison 454
(585) 275-8209
Interests: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Dr. Benjamin Hafensteiner
Hutchison 124
(585) 275-1936
Interests: Chemical education; total synthesis of natural products; organic synthesis; reaction invention and investigation; cascade reactions

mccamantProf. David McCamant
Hutchison B30
(585) 276-3122
Interests:  Ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular dynamics in photochemistry; mechanisms of vibrational relaxation

Prof. John-Carl Olsen
Hutchison 112-B
(585) 275-8308
Interests:  Chemical education; topologically non-trivial molecules and metal-ligand assemblies; nanoparticles for drug delivery; total synthesis

schroederProf. Wolf Udo Schröder
Hutchison 466
(585) 275-8263
Interests:  Dynamics of complex nuclear reactions at intermediate and high energies
stanford_courtney_web.jpgProf. Courtney Stanford 
Hutchison B19, 112A/114A  
(585) 273-4988
Interests:  Chemistry Education, Lab Development, Active Learning Pedagogy

Committee Functions

Chemistry Major Advisor

Any Committee Member

Chemistry Minor Advisor

Any Committee Member

Approval for Transfer Credit

Frontier & Maholick

Senior Research Theses and Symposium

Frontier & Maholick

ACS Student Affiliates Advisor


Review of Senior Transcripts and Latin Honors

Frontier & Maholick

Review of Transcripts and Readmission Applications

Frontier & Maholick

Undergraduate Awards and Nominations

Frontier & Maholick

Graduation Ceremonies

Frontier & Maholick

Review of First-year Academic Handbook,
Bulletin for Undergraduate Studies

Frontier & Maholick

Review of Formal Petitions


College Fall, Spring and Summer Advising Meetings