Initiative took another step forward last fall with the approval of a new master’s degree in polymer chemistry.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Petar Dvornic, chair of the Department of Chemistry.
The Kansas Board of Regents approved the new master’s degree in October. The Kansas Legislature invested in PSU’s Polymer Chemistry Initiative in 2013, allowing PSU to offer the first bachelor’s degree in polymer chemistry in the region.
Arts and Sciences Dean Karl Kunkel said the undergraduate and graduate programs in polymer chemistry, along with the ongoing polymer chemistry research, have the potential to make PSU a center for excellence in polymer science education, research and economic development.
“Our linking three solid areas of the university – the Kansas Polymer Research Center, the Plastics Engineering Program in the College of Technology, and the Chemistry Department in the College of Arts and Sciences – into a larger initiative creates synergy with significant impact,” Kunkel said. “It is unique in Kansas, the region, and the United States, and will tremendously benefit undergraduate and graduate students as well as industry in this fast developing and important scientific and production field. Over the past two years we’ve assembled a world-class faculty and created outstanding laboratories for teaching and research. I’m excited to see what the future holds for our polymer initiative.”
For more information on the PSU Polymer Chemistry Initiative and degree programs, visit www.pittstate.edu/department/chemistry.