Graduate Programs - USA
Graduate studies in nuclear chemistry and in applications of nuclear techniques leading to both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered at Texas A&M University. Course programs are tailored to individual students and include both lecture and laboratory courses.

The focus of the graduate program is on independent research supervised by members of the graduate faculty. The programs are primarily centered at the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute which operates a K500 superconducting cyclotron. This machine delivers many lighter projectiles (e.g., 12C, 16O, 20Ne) at energies as high as 70 MeV/mass unit in stand-alone operation. A new ECR source coupled to the cyclotron allows acceleration of heavier ions such as Ar to energies of 50 MeV/mass unit and Kr or Xe to energies of 20 MeV/mass unit. This provides a variety of beams of great utility for a diverse program of research such as that carried out at Texas A&M.

Associated with the Institute, with the Nuclear Reactor Center, and with other laboratories on the campus, is a full range of state-of-the-art detection devices and instrumentation for the nuclear programs. Modern computer facilities based on VAX computers are utilized at the Cyclotron Institute, as well as in the Department of Chemistry.

Currently five Chemistry faculty members supervise graduate research in nuclear chemistry. The programs underway include nuclear reaction mechanism investigations, studies of the properties of highly excited nuclei, of astrophysical and other measurements with radioactive secondary beams, of relativistic heavy ion interactions, and of atomic excitation by high energy projectiles.
Research and teaching assistantships are available at competitive stipends.

Fellowships and supplementary scholarships are awarded to particularly well qualified students. For further information, please contact:
Professor Kenn E. Harding
Graduate Advisor
Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255