1960, as one of São Paulo State Research Institutes, and
part of the UNESP since 1976, the Institute of Chemistry is a public
institution wich offers free Chemistry undergraduate and graduate
courses. Research covers all main topics in Chemistry,
and Materials Science with innovative projects being developed in basic
and applied interdisciplinary areas. Approximately 300 graduate and 500
undergratuates students, post-docs and 70 professors
the Chemistry Program that combines theory and exciting practice in
modern and well-equipped laboratories.
São Paulo State University (UNESP) was created in 1976
consolidating a project joining scientific, technological, economic,
cultural and social development committed to democratic principles and
clearly conscious of its status of a governmental institution, inserted
and highly active in Brazilian society. Unesp´s actions are
focused in nearly every field of experimental and theoretical sciences
such as: engineering, health, communication, humanities, social
sciences and arts, among others.
is one of the largest and most important Brazilian universities, with
distinguished achievements in teaching, research and extension
services. UNESP is supported by State funds and along with USP
(Universidade de São Paulo) and Unicamp (Universidade
de Campinas) offers free public higher education in Sao Paulo State.
Unesp is the most successful model of a multicampus university in
Brazil. Such unique characteristic allows intense and diversified
activities in Sao Paulo, the most developed State in the country. Its
influence can be recognized by the level of regional development where
its campuses are located: one in the State capital and 22 others
strategically distributed throughout the State.
For the development of its main activities Unesp receives financial aid
from the main research supporting agencies in the country, such as:
FAPESP, CNPq, CAPES and FINEP. These resources are guaranteed by
agreements that allow faculty members and students to participate in
exchange programs, development of academic projects and services. These
agreements are signed with national and foreign universities,
institutes, associations, foundations, city halls, Government bureaus,
ministries, federal and state agencies and private companies, adding up
to 300 partnerships that increase annually.
The Institute of Chemistry is located in the Araraquara Campus in the
heart of São Paulo State, 270Km from São Paulo
population of 200,000 inhabitants, it has a diversified industrial
complex and stands out for its role in the Brazilian sugar cane and
citrus fruit production. The name Araraquara comes from a native
culture (tupy-guarani) and according anthropologists may have two
meanings: "home of sun" or "macaw's refuge".
The city has three museums, The Museum of History, The Museum of
Archaeology and Paleontology and The Railway Museum.
The archaeology museum has permanent exhibition, which includes fossils
of animals, plants and remnants of native cultures that lived in the
region during its prehistorical period. An unique feature of the city
is that it is possible to find dinosaur footprints on the sidewalks of
its streets and avenues. The stones used for the construction of
sidewalks came from a local quarry, which after 1960 was found to be an
archaeological site for fossil material.
In a street leading to the archaeological museum (Rua
Voluntários da Pátria), the fossil footprints are
indicated by signs that contains detailed information of the species of
animals which they correspond.