Maria DeRosa, Dean

Maria DeRosa is Dean of the Faculty of Science and professor of Chemistry at Carleton. After completing BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry at Carleton in 1999 and 2003, she held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology before returning to Carleton in 2005 as a faculty member.

Dr. DeRosa is principal investigator of the Laboratory for Aptamer Discovery and Development of Emerging Research (LADDER), a research facility funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund and the Ontario Research Fund.

She previously served as Associate Dean (Recruitment and Retention) in the Faculty of Science from 2018 to 2020 and Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. DeRosa has received awards for her outstanding teaching and research contributions, including the John Charles Polanyi Research Award, an Ontario Early Researcher Award and a Capital Educators’ Award.

A message from the Dean

Welcome to Carleton Science!

Our community of researchers – students, faculty, and staff – engage in cutting-edge, world-class scientific inquiry, from unlocking the mysteries of dark matter to understanding why salamanders glow in the dark. We explore better ways to fight disease and promote physical and mental health, to create a sustainable environment for future generations, and to enhance our online security and push the limits of technological advancement.

Our approach to scientific study in all of these areas is collaborative, experiential, and multi-disciplinary. We believe that finding answers to real-world problems requires teamwork, hands-on discovery, and multiple perspectives. As a result, our students acquire a range of skills appropriate for a wide array of careers.
We’re also committed to sharing our contributions with our community. Our Science Cafés, public lectures and high school visits help us share with others what we have discovered. Events like the Magic Show, the Butterfly Show and our specialized lecture series and showcases help us to share our excitement over recent advances in science with those around us.

Discoveries from fundamental, curiosity-based research forms the foundation of scientific understanding. Through this discovery, we gain the knowledge and understanding to begin to solve the challenges facing us on a local, national and even global scale.

Whether you’re looking for a place to earn a degree, conduct research and train students, or work in an academic community, we encourage you to join us at Carleton Science on our journey of discovery.