University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Head

Dr. Elizabeth Minor
Office: 246A Chem, 211 RLB
Phone: 218-726-8056, 218-726-7097

Assistant Head

Dr. Steve Berry
Office: 152C SSB
Phone: 218-726-7087

Executive Secretary

Ms. Dawna Carlberg
Office: 246 Chem
Phone: 218-726-7979

Welcome to the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department offers Baccalaureate degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to undergraduate students. At the graduate level, the Department offers Master's (MS) degrees in Chemistry. Upon graduation, our students are equipped with the knowledge, expertise and personal skills to make a significant and positive impact in the field and benefit their communities at the state, regional, and national levels.

The department is also committed to promoting the professional development of its faculty through active research, scholarship, networking opportunities, and mentoring. The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of disciplines such as analytical, environmental, inorganic and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, geochemistry and other specialties of study.



News and Events

Special Recognition

Our very own Katie Schneider was recognized as one of seven Bulldog athletes cited as 2014-2015 NSIC Myles Brand Award Winner. See full story at


Two UMD students received 2014 MHTA Foundation STEM scholarship. The MHTA Foundation promotes the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competency in students that will enable them to thrive in and support the global competitiveness of Minnesota’s technology-based economy.

Hillary Heiling will graduate in May 2016 with a double major in statistics and biochemistry. She is an IBM Watson Scholar and has received three awards for being number one in her classes: The C.R.C. Freshman Award for Excellence in General Chemistry, the Grace C. Peterson Calculus Achievement Award, and Achievement in Organic (POLYED) Award. She volunteers as a math tutor on campus and has received the highest tutoring certification available by the International Tutor Training Program. Hillary also participates in undergraduate research. She recently received funding for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project, where she gathered heat of binding data for calcium-ion dependent membrane binding proteins using isothermal titration calorimetry and used mathematics and statistics to determine the binding parameters of the proteins. She plans to go on to graduate school for a Ph.D. in biostatistics after she graduates.

Mathew Kayser will graduate in May 2014 with a double major in chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology. He was the recipient of the James H. Maguire Scholarship and the James C. Nichol Scholarship during the 2013-2014 academic school year. He worked as an undergraduate researcher during the summer of 2014. As a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) researcher, under the direction of Professor Viktor Nemykin, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathew synthesized and characterized a component of a dye to be used in an organic solar cell. He received UROP funding for the fall of 2014 to continue his work with organic solar cell dye synthesis. He plans to pursue an MD/PhD at the University of Minnesota. 


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