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Look how far we’ve come

There’s a crispness in the air and pumpkin spice on menus. Cheers are erupting from Memorial Stadium. Color is gradually creeping into the trees. But my favorite harbinger of fall is the return of students — in our classes, in our labs and on Bowman Field.
As we head into what promises to be another great academic year, I’m compelled to reflect on how far we’ve come. August marked the fifth anniversary of my arrival as the founding dean of the College of Science, and I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished.
Our team in Science is laser-focused on supporting the success of every student who comes through our doors. The most recent numbers show we’re blowing it out of the water, having already exceeded our 2026 goals for keeping students enrolled and then graduating them.
Freshman retention rate
  • 2017: 90.2%
  • 2026 goal: 95%
  • Today: 95.3%
6-year graduation rate
  • 2017: 81.6%
  • 2026 goal: 84%
  • Today: 88.6%
We are shattering records on the research side as well, having exceeded $18 million in external research expenditures this past year, up more than $4 million since 2017. Our faculty and their teams are making groundbreaking discoveries that will improve our world and enhance Clemson’s reputation as a vibrant research university.
This success is possible because of the dedication of our faculty and staff, the commitment of our students, and the support of friends and alumni who help make the Clemson Family one of the best in the world.
Go Tigers!
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Continuing to make a difference

During their long careers on the Department of Chemistry faculty, “Ma” and “Pa” Bishop taught thousands of students. Their impact on Clemson students continues today, more than 30 years later.
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Natural defenses

Each day, we inhale hundreds of microscopic fungal spores. For most people, it’s no big deal because their healthy immune system destroys them before they can do any harm. But for those taking immunosuppressant drugs, the fungus can be life-threatening.
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Meet a scientist: Anna Seekatz

Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Anna Seekatz has had a lifelong curiosity of how things work, a perfect trait for a scientist. Find out more about her work researching gut microbiota, why she came to Clemson and what she likes to do when she’s not in the lab or classroom.
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Mathematician to focus on diversity, inclusion in STEM at NSF

Keri Sather-Wagstaff believes everybody should have a chance to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She’ll spend the next three years working full-time to help that happen as a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

Brumaghim named American Chemical Society Fellow

Clemson bioinorganic chemistry professor Julia Brumaghim was named a fellow by the American Chemical Society for her extensive contributions to the scientific community.

Physics assistant professor first to win prestigious award

Yao Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received a 2022 Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy to support his quantum materials research. He is the first DOE Early Career Award recipient from the Clemson College of Science.

Explore Science on Oct. 21

See you at this year’s Explore Science event on Oct. 21 from 4–6 p.m. Join us for fun, family-friendly activities and games on the lawn between Long, Martin and Kinard halls before heading over to Bowman Field to check out the Homecoming float displays and to Memorial Stadium for Tigerama. Read more about the event and register.
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