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March 30, 2007

U.S. News ranks Purdue's analytical chemistry graduate program second in nation

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Purdue University's analytical chemistry program ranks second nationally, and the chemistry program overall ranked in the top 25 in the U.S. News & World Report's survey of the top graduate schools released Friday (March 30).

"These rankings reflect a high regard from academia and industry for our graduates and the educational environment offered by Purdue," said Jeffrey S. Vitter, the Frederick Hovde dean of the College of Science. "Through excellence in research, multidisciplinary opportunities and world-class facilities, Purdue prepares students for the rapidly evolving science fields.

"We recently opened the Lawson Computer Science Building and will soon begin construction of the Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology. Both buildings push the boundaries of science and will further Purdue's groundbreaking research in these areas and all science disciplines. The national ranking of six of our science programs affirms the direction the college has taken and confirms Purdue as a leader in the sciences."

Purdue's analytical chemistry program followed only the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Indiana University's analytical chemistry program ranked fourth.

Purdue's overall chemistry program ranked 22nd, tying with Texas A&M University, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Minnesota. Indiana University's overall chemistry program ranked 34th, tying with the University of California at Davis.

Purdue's biological sciences program ranked 42nd, tying with Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia. Indiana University's biological sciences program ranked 29th, tying with Mayo Medical School, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.

Not every science program is ranked each year. The rankings of doctoral programs in the sciences are based on survey results of academics in the sciences across the country. The rankings for biological sciences and chemistry were new this year, based on surveys sent during the fall of 2006.  The rankings for the other science programs are based on surveys sent during the fall of 2005.

The statistics program is ranked 11th, the computer science program is ranked 18th, the mathematics program is 26th, the physics program is 35th in the nation and the earth and atmospheric sciences program is ranked No. 43. The systems computer science program and analysis mathematics program are ranked in the top 20. These rankings were reported in 2006 and carry over into this year's report.

The rankings for "America's Best Graduate Schools" appear in the U.S. News & World Report magazine, available on newsstands Monday (April 2). The rankings and related articles are available on the U.S. News & World Report Web site Friday (March 30). The magazine's annual survey of academic programs has been published since 1987.

The College of Science has about 300 faculty members, and it enrolls more than 1,000 graduate students and almost 3,000 undergraduates. It is made up of seven departments: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

Writer: Elizabeth Gardner, (765) 494-2081,

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