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About Larry S. Helmick, Ph.D.

Dr. Helmick began teaching at Cedarville in 1968. He served as professor of chemistry until his retirement in 2015. He received his B.S. in physical science from Cedarville College (1963) and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Ohio University (1968). While teaching at Cedarville, he conducted post-doctoral research on nitrogen heterocycles at the University of Florida for three successive summers and at the University of Illinois for three more summers. Dr. Helmick spent 13 summers in industrial research with fuels and lubricants as a summer Faculty Fellow at the NASA-Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and also received a 15-month National Research Council Fellowship to continue research on lubricants for NASA. His fields of interest include the racemization of amino acids, the origin of optical activity, and the search for Noah's ark. He has more than 40 refereed articles published on these topics. Dr. Helmick's biography is included in American Men of Science, International Scholars Directory, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in America, Dictionary of International Biography, and Men of Achievement. In 1976 he was chosen as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, and he has received Cedarville's Faculty of the Year Award and Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Helmick and his wife, Catherine, have two children and are actively involved in ministry through their church.


Present Emeritus Senior Professor of Chemistry, Cedarville University


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Advisor of the Year, Cedarville University - 20005
  • Faculty Scholar of the Year, Cedarville College - 1990
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Cedarville College Alumni Association - 1990
  • CMA College Chemistry Teaching Award - 1993
  • Faculty member of the Year, Cedarville College - 1973


  • Organic Chemistry
  • Research Methods in Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physical Science


Dissertation (1)

Refereed Journal Articles (36)