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NMSU Ranks in Top 50 on national list of chemistry and biochemistry departments

The New Mexico State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry ranked 43rd in the country among 157 Ph.D. granting institutions according to research funding awards from federal sources.


Chemical & Engineering News, a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society, released the rankings, compiled by the National Science Foundation, in October.

Department Head Glenn Kuehn thanked the entire department for the fine effort. "Everyone in this department contributes to this record in some way."

The ranking is determined by data collected from 2007, the most recent data available at this time. The NSF evaluates the 157 institutions according to the criteria of external funding awarded to faculty by federal granting agencies.

"Our funding now in year 2009 may be just a bit better than it was in 2007, so I suspect that we will retain a similar ranking through 2009 due to ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) stimulus awards that the department received this year," Kuehn said. "This department has thus far been awarded about $1.68 million this year in ARRA awards by competitive applications."

In this year's comparisons, NMSU ranks just ahead of Colorado State University. Yale University was ranked 49th, Columbia University 48th and the University of Maryland 50th. The University of New Mexico was not listed among the top 50.

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