American chemists do not always consider pursuing a graduate education abroad. Program details, financial restraints, and perceived language barriers may account for this tendency. Indeed there are several differences in the Ph.D. programs in the United States and abroad. I will discuss some differences between the American and Oxford systems that I have experienced over the last four years. I will share my motivation for attending Oxford and several anecdotes about the D.Phil. course, research and teaching opportunities, and the program's place in the international community.
Justin M. Chalker is an American Rhodes Scholar and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He is currently in his final year at the University of Oxford, completing his D.Phil. in Organic Chemistry under the direction of Prof. Benjamin G. Davis. Justin's research interests include site-selective protein modification, aqueous reaction engineering, organometallic chemistry, and synthesis.