About Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Xavier University of Louisiana

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Welcome to the Chemistry Department Webpage!  We hope that you will find us to be an interesting and dynamic department.  We are one of the largest departments at Xavier with seven different types of major programs including Chemistry, Chemistry ACS (with American Chemical Society Certification), Biochemistry, Chemistry Premed, Chemistry Prepharmacy, Dual Degree Chemical Engineering (3+2), and Chemical Education.  Many of our students earn money by conducting research with our faculty in projects funded by research grants.  In addition, we have an award winning Chemistry Club that participates in community and departmental service activities, seminars, and chemistry magic shows.  We pride ourselves on our quality of instruction, faculty, undergraduate research, instrumentation, and the accomplishments of our students.  If you are interested in a career in chemistry, drug design, cancer research, environmental chemistry, medicine, alternate energy sources, education, pharmacy, nanotechnology, engineering, or many other exciting occupations, consider majoring in chemistry at Xavier.  Feel free to contact the Chemistry Department Head for more information.

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A Xavier Chemistry Alumnus Looks Back


Alumni Allstar

Dr. Claude Jarrett

Dr. Jarrett specializes in surgical and nonsurgical management of problems of the hand, elbow, and shoulder including arthritis, tendon injuries, fractures, sports injuries, and trauma. Secondary to his specialized area of medical practice, Dr. Jarrett has published numerous basic science and clinical research articles as well as written serval book chapters. His professional experience as an orthopedic surgeon has won him many accolades and international acknowledgements. Dr. Jarrett has been ranked amongst the top health care providers both nationwide and within Emory Healthcare in “Patient Satisfaction” by Press Ganey patient polling. Dr. Jarrett not only has a busy clinical practice but also participates in grant funded research projects addressing rotator cuff injuries, shoulder arthritis, and upper extremity fractures.

Dr. Jarrett finished from Vicksburg High School in the top 1% of his class. He then attended Xavier University under a full academic merit scholarship. While in college, he was awarded the MARC academic research distinction. After graduating summa cum laude from Xavier University, he then attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, one of the top 20 medical institutions in the country. At Northwestern, he was nominated by the faculty as one of the medical students of distinction. He was also selected by his professors to serve as one of only two Histology TAs for the junior medical students. After graduating from Northwestern, he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Internship and Residency at Emory University Hospitals. During his training, Dr. Jarrett received several awards for outstanding research in the field of orthopaedics.

After the completion of his Orthopaedic surgery residency, Dr. Jarrett was selected to the prestigious Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA under the tutelage of Baratz, Sotereanos, Schmidt, Hughes, Spiess, and Bragdon. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was awarded the microsurgical skills award by the staff. Dr. Jarrett remains active nationally in his specialty by regularly assisting in physician education seminars.

Dr. Jarrett treats patients at The Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center and at the Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital.


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