Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Above: Karen Stump (far left) with some of her students in her office. (photo courtesy of the Piper)

Undergraduate Program


The Chemistry Department offers its majors many choices in completing an undergraduate degree and it is important that a strong advising program be in place. Most majors will interact with an Overall Advisor and a Research Mentor. Advisors and mentors are key academics who will get to know you, help clarify your goals, follow your progress, point out special opportunities, discuss post-graduation plans, write letters of recommendation, and nominate you for various awards.

The Overall Advisor

(The Director of Undergraduate Studies is the Overall Advisor, also known as the Point Person or Graduation Advisor)

The Overall Advisor is the Department's designated expert on curricular and academic advising. This person will follow the progress of each student and certify that they have fulfilled the University and Departmental graduation requirements. This advisor is the person who also will:

Research Mentor

The research mentor advises students on issues related to their research projects — normally it is the person with whom the student carries out research. This mentor will be a key person in assisting you in applying and being admitted to an appropriate graduate school.