We are pleased to learn that you are considering the Yale Department of Chemistry as the place to earn your Ph.D. degree. Here we have tried to describe some of the scholarly opportunities available to you at Yale and what it is like to live in the New Haven community. We hope that you will see that Yale is an exciting place to pursue graduate studies.

We are proud of our history, of our faculty, of our laboratories, instrumentation, and libraries, and of our relations with industry. Most of all, we are proud of our students and their research. Research takes on a new sparkle in the years that follow the admission of a particularly strong graduate class. We are always hopeful that we are training the very people that will shape the intellectual landscape of science, perhaps future Nobel laureates, and a great many leaders of academic and industrial research.

In the Yale Chemistry Department, the faculty works very closely with graduate students and is deeply committed to the highest quality graduate experience. This dedication is best reflected in the high success rate of our Ph.D. candidates, both at Yale and in their subsequent careers.

We believe that a productive attitude is a critical component of the success in our department. Research is an adventure and it should be filled with wonder and an intense engagement with the unknown. While we encourage our students to set high standards for themselves, we also try to foster an ambiance for work and study that emphasizes mutual support over internal competition. Your contact with the faculty will be frequent, continuous and ideally inspiring. We think you will find the other graduate students in our department just as collegial and inspirational. They are a gifted, lively, international group with interests and talents that range widely and across many disciplines.

Your selection of a graduate school will probably be among the most important choices you will make. We are confident that you will like what you find at Yale, and we urge you to visit and ask questions of students and faculty, so that you can judge this for yourself. Before your visit call, write, or e-mail us so we can arrange for you to meet with faculty and students whose research is of special interest to you.

Scott Miller, Chair