Helping Students Now

Chemists Help Fill Humanity’s Most Basic Needs

Chemistry is at the root of nearly everything that supports daily life—from materials and medicine to food and energy. That’s why we’re so invested in attracting a new generation of UB chemists to ask bold questions and use smart science to propose even bolder solutions to help humankind. 

See how UB’s approach to chemistry education prepares doers and thinkers to apply lab learning to life. 

Support the foundation of science

Marjorie Winkler, PhD ’80, BS ’75, has made substantial commitments to the Department of Chemistry in the form of a Junior Professorship, endowed research funds and a Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry. 

Alumni gifts are the catalyst for better chemistry at UB. Will you join us in this work?

Creating a Supportive Environment to Experiment

UB challenges students to examine science’s most important questions through a unique lens of courage, compassion and perseverance.

Chemistry has been a central part of UB’s mission since its earliest days as a medical college beginning in 1846. The university has been training chemists for over a century, helping UB build its reputation as a flagship campus within the SUNY system. Today, the foundational research and personalized education that are hallmarks of UB’s chemistry program are carrying that legacy forward to fuel the breakthroughs of tomorrow. 

A Community of Chemistry Champions

Contributions by UB chemistry students, faculty and alumni advance science toward brighter futures.

Beaker and test tube.

Collaborative Science

“The impact of chemistry is very, very broad. It’s often called the central science for that reason. You can develop something and give it to others within the research community and that maximizes the impact.” – Steven Ray, Dr. Marjorie Winkler Assistant Professor of Chemistry

UB grads can be found all over the world.

Learning and Support

The Department of Chemistry is a vibrant network of 30 tenured/tenure-track full-time faculty, two full-time lecturers, 84 graduate teaching assistants and 18 staff who support and mentor more than 150 graduate and 350 undergraduate students.

Future ambition.

Future Ambitions

“To get into UB, you have to meet certain criteria and they look for ambitious students. I’ve learned so many new things, and I hope to bring those with me wherever I go next.” – Christina Scalzo, UB chemistry student

Be part of the equation

Your investment in UB will make a difference for a cause that matters to you: whether you make a gift to the UB Fund, support a scholarship for one UB student, sustain the work of a professor who will inspire thousands, or fund a cancer cure that saves the lives of millions. Every gift counts!

Together We Support Students Now

At UB, we are committed to providing the experiences, places, and opportunities for students to thrive and work towards their dreams. Together, across boundaries, schools, and organizations, we are finding solutions to some of the most pressing issues in society. Explore some of the other ways people have invested in the robust culture at UB that has provided a variety of opportunities for our students.

Closing the Gap in Dental Health

Dental care continues to lie just out of reach for some communities, with roughly 77 million people in the US without dental insurance, including older adults and people with disabilities. Practitioners don't always have to serve all populations, which is why we're boldly training UB students to serve all communities. 

Leading the Future of Water Sustainability

Clean water is one of our most precious resources, but access is becoming more and more limited. UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences researchers are working hard to solve this crisis and create cleaner water for everyone.

Changing the Face of Medicine

Many people of color are at greater risk for poor health outcomes, in part because of the low number of Black, Hispanic and Latino doctors in the United States. UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is taking a bold approach to equity in healthcare, including partnering with donors to attract more underrepresented students.

Paving the Way for Passionate Nurses

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that health care workers are invaluable. And demand for nurses nationally is increasing. Since 2012, nearly 60,000 RNs have retired annually, and by 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65, compounding the demands place on our health care system.

At UB, we’re preparing health care professionals to go out and serve the world with a renewed focus, and it is paying off.  Enrollment in the School of Nursing’s top 10-ranked online nursing bachelor’s program has tripled, enhancing our rapidly growing health care and research centers, and improving not only research that becomes treatment, but also how people receive care.