Chemistry Resources

This document is a compilation of the policies and practices of the Department of Chemistry and the Graduate College (Graduate College Handbook). It has been prepared to guide graduate students through the program. Few of the policies stated are so inflexible; however, that an exception cannot be made if circumstances warrant.
Video tour of Hach Hall, Gilman Hall and parts of Ames Laboratory
Safety Laboratory safety is a top priority for the Department of Chemistry. Therefore, the Safety Committee provides forms and safety information for the department to follow. All laboratories are expected to complete the Annual Checklist and maintain a “safety binder” containing the signed and dated safety documentation. Contacts: Campus emergencies Call DPS (515-294-4428)
Governance responsibility rests with the Chair (formerly called “DEO”), who may consult with various bodies such as standing committees, an Executive or Advisory or Consultative committee, or with ad-hoc committees or delegate responsibility to these bodies. The faculty as a whole may overrule any of the above by majority vote, although not every item of business is necessarily brought before the faculty. The agenda is set at the discretion of the Chair or any of the committees. A list of current standing committees is appended.
NIST site provides chemical and physical property data on over 40,000 compounds.
GAMESS is maintained by the members of the Gordon research group at Iowa State University.
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Publications from the American Chemical Society.

Iowa State Resources

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Guidelines for the shipping of hazardous materials.
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The American Chemical Society’s Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) was formed to identify the needs and concerns of young chemists and to develop programs responsive to their needs.
Iota Sigma Pi Aurum chapter is a national honor society for women in chemistry at Iowa State University.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provides environmental, occupational, heath, and safety services to the Iowa State community.
The Chemical Instrumentation Facility (CIF) provides analytical instrumentation services and consultation in the areas of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometry, X-Ray Diffraction, Spectrophotometry, and other related areas.
Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For over 70 years, the Ames Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university.
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Information and Forms for Students

Listing of courses offered by the Department of Chemistry, including year and term.
Apply for the chemistry graduate program.
The Graduate College Handbook is a comprehensive resource for policies and procedures that pertain to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Forms and information for Committee Appointment & Program of Study (POS), Concurrent Student Request, Double Degree, Graduation and Dissertation/Thesis, Graduate Certificate, and Oral Examination Request.


To promote the profession of chemistry through chemical demonstrations.
The Ames local section was chartered in 1915 and serves Boone, Hardin, Hamilton, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, and Story counties in central Iowa. We are based at the Iowa State University chemistry department in Ames.
NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.
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Sigma-Aldrich, now MilliporeSigma, is a leading Life Science and High Technology company. Our products are used worldwide to enable science that improves the quality of life.

Employment Resources

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Career and employment section of American Chemical Society Chemical & Engineering News.
Iowa State University Career Services is a coordinated network of career services offices offering a broad range of programs and services for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and employers.
American Chemical Society: Chemistry for Life.
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Iowa State University offers a graduate certificate program in forensic sciences.