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Simeon Pickard
Professor and Chair of Chemistry


I completed my B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry at Western Kentucky University and my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. My graduate study, under H.E. Smith, focused on molecular recognition and stereochemistry.

My interest include such diverse topics as intelligent design, organic mechanisms, and medicinal chemistry. However, my primary interest is clearly my students. I have had the privilege of mentoring students who have gone on to become doctors, dentists, and physical therapists as well as Ph.D. chemists. In the 2002-2003 academic year, I was a visiting professor at Hanam University in Taejon, South Korea, where I taught a graduate course in Organic Stereochemistry.

I have been a member of the King University science faculty since 1992. During that time, I have taught a variety of courses but primarily General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. I have served as the Chairman of the Chemistry department for over 13 years and became Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2013.

  • Ph.D. – Organic Chemistry – Vanderbilt University 1992
  • M.S. – Chemistry – Western Kentucky University 1986
  • B.S. – Chemistry and Biology – Western Kentucky University 1977
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