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16 July 2012

Chemistry is Ranked 12th among Major Research Universities  in US National Research Council R and S rankings

National Research Council

NRC assessments are widely viewed as the real assessments of doctoral programs, research, and faculty quality.

The National Research Council's (NRC's) report for the US National Academies“A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctoral Programs in the United States” was released by the National Academies Press September 28, 2010. NRC assessments are widely viewed as the real assessments of doctoral programs, research, and faculty quality. The last report was published in 1995.

Penn State's Chemistry Ranking

In the new the combined NRC R (regression based) and S (survey based) rankings Penn State chemistry is 12th among major research universities. For an explanation of the R and S rankings and to do your own rankings, see www.phds.org. The  National Academies Press website does not itself perform rankings, but rather refers one to www.phds.org  for them (in the middle of the page).

Highly Rated Programs for Collaboration

The quality of all of the science and related engineering programs at a university should be considered when choosing a chemistry graduate school.

The quality of all of the science and related engineering programs at a university should be considered when choosing a chemistry graduate school. Penn State chemists collaborate with many other university departments, such as Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Biology, Mathematics etc. Such collaborations are increasingly important to tackling complex research problems. The chart below shows universities ranked by average R+S scores across the fields of science listed in it (astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics. The chart is arranged by the  (-1) Average, which is the average of these fields, dropping the lowest ranked program.  CMP is chemistry, math and physics alone. Penn State truly stands out in the quality of its programs across these areas, as is also highlighted in more detail  by Eberly College of Science Dean Larson. Our Materials Science and Engineering Department is ranked 7th in the nation, again providing a top quality department for PSU chemistry faculty and graduate students to collaborate with. The table has been updated with the 2011 NRC revisions.

Major Research Universities listed in order of Average R and S Rankings in the Sciences

Updated with 2011 NRC Revisions.
National Research Council Rankings of Univeristy Science Programs
University Astronomy Biochem,
Biophys,
Struct Bio
Biology Chemistry Mathematics Physics Statistics (-1) Average CMP
1 Harvard 6 4
1 5 1 2 2.6 2.3
2 Berkeley 3 2
3 3 3 3 2.8 3.0
3 Princeton 2
5 18 2 4
3.3 8.0
4 Caltech 1 10 1 4 9 5
4.0 6.0
5 Stanford
3 10 7 4 11 1 5.0 7.3
6 MIT 7 1
9 8 6
5.5 7.7
7 Columbia 15 6 3 10 12 12 14 9.5 11.3
8 Penn State 4 29 15 12 7 13 9 10.0 10.7
9 UCSD

2 16 15 23
11.0 18.0
10 Yale 24 9 7 8 11 17 41 12.7 12.0
11 Illinois 21 21
6 21 8 28 15.4 11.7
12 Cornell 12 19
26 16 9 22 15.6 17.0
13 Michigan 20 35
27 6 24 4 16.2 19.0
14 Chicago 8 54
20 40 10 5 16.6 23.3
15 Wisconsin 18 14 27 21 10 33 12 17.0 21.3
16 Texas 13 75
14 14 27
17.0 18.3
17 U. Washington 9 28 9 28 41 31 7 18.7 33.3
18 UCLA 22 17
15 26 29 18 19.6 23.3
19 Colorado 19

24 110 16
19.7 50.0
20 CMU


32 22 26 20 22.7 26.7
21 Duke
32 19 39 19 38 6 22.8 32.0
22 Northwestern

14 5 46 41 34 23.5 30.7
23 Johns Hopkins 5 24 17 49 60 28 19 23.7 45.7
24 Michigan State 29 67
29 20 19 29 25.2 22.7
25 Stony Brook


34 25 18
25.7 25.7
26 UCSB
37
23 36 7 50 25.8 22.0
27 UC Irvine
27
22 31 30
26.3 27.7
28 Penn
30 40 31 38 22 15 27.2 30.3
29 UNC
38 23 11 54 67 10 27.2 44.0
30 Purdue
52
19 29 50 17 28.8 32.7

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