National Research Council Rankings
16 July 2012
Chemistry is Ranked 12th among Major Research Universities in US National Research Council R and S rankings
National Research Council
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 NRC rankings Penn State chemistry is 12th among major research universities for the combined (equally weighted) R & S measures. For an explanation of the R and S measures 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 (after navigating to the chemistry rankings, edit priorities and choose "see more options" to weight the R measure equally with the S measure).
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. 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
|8 Penn State||4||29||15||12||7||13||9||10.0||10.7|
|17 U. Washington||9||28||9||28||41||31||7||18.7||33.3|
|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|
|27 UC Irvine||27||22||31||30||26.3||27.7|