Karl A. Werbovetz, PhD
Division Chair

Alice Gardner
Division Coordinator

602 Riffe Building
496 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy Graduate Studies

Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy

Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy Graduate Studies

Faculty in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy have a broad range of expertise, which is echoed by the diversity of study of the graduate students. The division has four major tracks of study: synthetic medicinal chemistry, natural product chemistry and pharmacognosy,and biochemical, medicinal chemistry tracks.

Each student may take a slightly different path to complete the minimum core courses by the end of the second year. Electives necessary for research specialization may be taken during years two and three. Additional courses depend on research interests, and are taken during the second and/or third years.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 after the first year to remain in the program. In addition, the progress of each graduate student in the program is monitored by both the student's graduate faculty advisor and by the division chair, and will be evaluated at the end of each academic year.

General Examination: Written Examination and Oral Examination

The general examination is required for admission to candidacy for the PhD degree. It consists of written and an oral components. The written portion of the general examination exam must be taken following completion of the student's core coursework program, usually before the end of the third year of the program. The responsibility for the written exam rests with the student’s advisory committee. The written exam consists of an independent research proposal developed by the student. The proposal should not be in the dissertation research area of the student.
Download Written Candidacy Exam form  (PDF)

The oral portion of the general examination must be taken within four weeks of the approval of the written proposal by the advisory committee. The oral exam will consist of defense of the research proposal, written by the student as part of the general examination, as well as answering questions concerning the student's course work and research.


Doctoral students are required to present three formal seminars in order to complete the PhD
Seminar Policies Document – MedChem (PDF)

Doctoral Dissertations

The doctoral dissertation defines the PhD and demonstrates the ability of the graduate student to perform independent research and scholarly activities. The dissertation details the research carried out, describes the results obtained, reports the relationship of the research to previous work in the field, and discusses the significance of the research in the further understanding the field.

Graduate Student Support

Select opportunities are available. For more information visit the Graduate Studies web page.

Download our Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy Awards/Fellowships (PDF) list to see which fellowships are available.


Graduate Student Handbook