Chemistry / Biochemistry
Department Chair:
Rebecca Whelan

Administrative Assistant:
Patricia West, A263

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8300
Fax: (440) 775-6682

Science Center A263
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30-noon 1:00-5:00pm

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Latest News

Are you interested in graduate school?  The ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGRweb) can help.  

Congrats to Ren Wiscons '15 for winning the @MiTeGen - @SPSNational Undergraduate Poster Prize and Andrea Goltz for winning the Crystal Engineering Communications Poster Prize at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association.

Ren Wiscon and Andrea Goltz

2015 Majors Handbook

Congrats to our Award Winners!

Our Graduate Slideshow and Award Dinner Pics

Professor Jesse Rowsell Memorial Presentation.

Congrats to Weelic Chong for receiving the Nu Rho Psi grant for the cadmium/Parkinson's Disease research.

Fall 2014

Professor Lisa Ryno

“Some students think that they aren’t scientists until they leave these walls, but that’s not true. They are young scientists now,” says Lisa Ryno, assistant professor of chemistry. Ryno, who began her Oberlin career this summer, plans to open her lab to students for the first time this winter term to equip them with the tools they will need to further her research in addition to conducting experiments of their own design.   MORE>>

A Leader in Supercomputing.

The new computational cluster will be far more powerful than the existing 64-node “Beowulf” cluster acquired in 2005 with NSF support...MORE>>

Summer 2014

Orange is the New Learning Tool

CONGRATULATIONS! Ren Wiscons  for receiving The DUPAN Diffraction Workshop Best Poster Award. Also attending the workshop was Holden Lai, Claudia Nunes, and Calvin Gang,

Earlier this year Ren attended the MOSSCS Conference This conference features primarily graduate student presentations and undergraduate posters; She placed second in the presentation division.
l-r Ren Wiscons, Professor Rowsell, Calvin Gang and Holden Lai

CONGRATULATIONS to Holden Lai and Sarel Loeus for winning the  2014 Goldwater Scholarship Award.  ARTICLE

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan recently coauthored an article titled "MUC16 (CA125): tumor biomarker to cancer therapy, a work in progress." The article appears in the journal Molecular Cancer, and provides an in-depth review of the current understanding of the structure, biochemistry, and physiological function of most widely used biomarker for ovarian cancer. Kevin Hu (OC '11) is a co-author.

Spring 2014

Congratulations to all our Students!

Awards List

Awards Dinner YouTube Videos

First Year Awards 

2nd and 3rd Yr Awards

Senior Awards

ACS Awards

Staff Gifts; Cindi

ACS Certificates

Faculty Gifts

Staff Gifts; Hill, Warren

Awards Dinner 2014

Awards Dinner Photo Gallery

Graduates and Faculty

Archived News

Congratulations to Holden Lai and Sarel Loewus for winning the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship Award. ARTICLE

Professor Whelan along with Jamie Shallcross and Rae Eaton present at Pittcon. Pittcon News Article

Spring 2013

Congrats to Yuhui Chen for receiving the Earnest B. Yeager Award for research in spectroscopy.

Congrats to Daniel Starer-Stor for receiving the Goldwater Honorable Mention.

Congrats to all our students who received awards and scholarships!  2013 Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards list.

We had a great time at the Annual Awards Dinner.  Here are pictures of the celebration and pictures of the graduates.

Pictures from the Banquet;  Slideshow presentation at the Banquet;  GRADS headshots;   GRADS presentation

Fall 2012

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan participated in the Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Symposium, “Research Frontiers in the Chemical Sciences,” held October 26 at the New York Academy of Sciences. She shared one aspect of her current research in a poster presentation titled “Selection of DNA aptamers for an ovarian cancer cell line using high-throughput sequencing.” She was also one of five symposium participants invited to give a teaching talk. She presented on efforts to make science students more confident and effective writers with a talk titled “Helping your students get it ‘write’: envisioning science writing pedagogy beyond the laboratory report.” The Dreyfus Foundation supports advancement in the chemical sciences through nationally competitive grants and awards. Whelan was one of six winners of the foundation’s 2011 Teacher-Scholar Award.

2012 Congrats

CONGRATULATIONS to Ben Altheimer and Alison O'Connor for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Adam Birdsall and Melanie Malinas for being among the winners of the 2012 Goldwater Scholarship Competition!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Liv Dedon, Adam Birdsall and Joe Hamilton for their Meeting in Miniature awards!

Congratulations to Catherine Oertel for receiving the NSF early career grant.

2011 Congrats

Congratulations to Professor Whelan. She was selected for a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The Dreyfus Foundation makes about half-dozen of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar awards each year to promising scholars in the chemical sciences at predominately undergraduate institutions at an early stage in their academic careers. The competition each year is strong, and, based on a written proposal and institutional nomination, the recipients are recognized for their accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates and their commitment to teaching.

Professor Whelan Receives Cancer Research Grant  CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Ben Jakubowski '11, who has been awarded the Friends of the Library Research Award for 2010/11, for the research paper he produced in Chemistry 361 (Bioanalytical) last semester, entitled "Controversies in “-omics” diagnostics development."

The award committee said of the submitted paper:

"The Research Award Committee found your paper exemplary in all categories considered:  range of resources used, thoroughness and creativity in the use of resources, and attention to accuracy and detail. Not only did your paper demonstrate research excellence, we found it engaging and a real pleasure to read."




Awards List


Awards List


Awards List


Awards List


Awards List