A recent assessment by the National Research Council has placed Penn State's Department of Chemistry among the top chemistry departments in the nation.
Table 1 contains the results of the 2010 NRC survey of chemistry departments; it also compares the H-index of the Penn State Chemistry Department with other selected departments.
||Harvard University Chemical Physics|
|2||1-5||California Institute of Technology|
|3||1-6||Harvard University Chemistry||226|
|4||1-6||University of California - Berkeley||195|
|6||4-12||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||120|
|9||5-14||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||191|
|11||7-19||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||127|
||8-22||Pennsylvania State University||121|
|13||8-24||University of California - Los Angeles||165|
|14||8-26||University of California - San Francisco|
|15||10-29||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|16||11-31||University of California - San Diego|
|18||12-37||University of Texas at Austin||131|
|20||14-38||University of Chicago||109|
One additional measure of the excellence of an academic research department is the ability of the faculty members to generate external funds for research support. In a recent report from the National Science Foundation, Academic Research and Development Expenditures: Fiscal Year 2008, Penn State Chemistry placed number eleven in the list of top 100 chemistry departments with the most spending on chemical research and development.
NOTE: The H-index, or Hirsch index, has been proposed as a method for measuring the scientific productivity of a researcher or department. The H-index is defined as the number of papers with citation number greater than or equal to H. (See for example PNAS November 15, 2005 vol. 102 no. 46 16569-16572)