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Undergraduate Programs

The UW Department of Chemistry runs one of the largest chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate degree program in the nation. We also offer a chemistry minor and serve many non-majors, with more than 3,000 undergraduates taking at least one introductory chemistry course annually. We have the largest undergraduate instructional laboratory program at the UW.

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Undergraduate News

A graduate student demonstrates putting a copper chloride solution into a flame for the Atomic Emissions lab in CHEM 142.
August 23, 2021
“Every day we were coming in, and people were asking me, ‘Is today the day that we stop coming in?’” Eric Camp remembered. By the end of March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had swiftly occupied every corner of our lives, halted our day-to-day routines, and placed us under lockdown. Despite the calamity, education in the chemistry department at the University of Washington (UW) trudged forward, overcoming obstacle after obstacle, thanks in large part to behind-the-scenes work... Read more
Close up view of a black QWERTY computer keyboard.
August 19, 2021
Undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry reflect on teaching, learning, researching, and living amid a pandemic and beyond. Meg Takezawa, undergraduate researcherMarium Raza, B.S. 2021Casey Chen, B.S. 2021Damielle Hieber, undergraduate researcherAndy Chia, B.S. 2021Meg Takezawa, undergraduate researcherAs a first-year... Read more
Stock photo of test tubes with fluorescent material in colors of blue, green, yellow, orange, and red
June 23, 2021
This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Research in Chemistry award are: My Do, Xiao groupFenris Lu, McCoy groupCable Warren, Synovec groupJon Zhang, Zalatan group  This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Research in Biochemistry award are: Kenzee Hargett, Kollman groupGargi Kher, King groupSophie Nguyen, Ruohola-Baker groupChi Truong, Gu group Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! Note: Other recipients of these awards... Read more
June 12, 2021
Congratulations to Gargi Kher for being chosen as a 2021 Gonfaloniere for UW Commencement! Each year the UW’s schools and colleges select students to lead their degree candidates during the Commencement procession. These students are called gonfalonieres, because they carry the school’s gonfalon, a banner that hangs down from a crosspiece and bears that school’s name and symbol. Following tradition borrowed from the Italian Renaissance, the gonfalonieres represent some of the UW’s... Read more
June 12, 2021
Congratulations to Irika Sinha who has been selected as the Dean’s Medalist for the Natural Sciences! Each year the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes the top student in each of the College’s four divisions of arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  Recipients are selected on the basis of grade point average and faculty recommendations. Irika Sinha is graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS Biochemistry, BS Biology, minor in Chemistry with college honors.  Irika... Read more
Andrea Carroll outdoors
June 10, 2021
Associate Teaching Professor Andrea Carroll was awarded a 2021 University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award as part of this year’s UW Awards of Excellence. The Distinguished Teaching Award was established in 1970 and five are given annually to faculty members at the University of Washington in Seattle. (The University of Washington Bothell and University of Washington Tacoma host separate nomination... Read more
Kamil kneeling by a bed of sprouting greens
June 9, 2021
In the spring quarter, most 19-year-old undergraduate students find themselves signing up for fall courses, reveling in the completion of their second year. Instead, Kamil Saad is graduating from the University of Washington (UW) with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, reminiscing on his final year as an undergrad, and preparing for a new chapter in his career as an associate scientist.Irked by essay-writing, Saad knew he would avoid the humanities and pursue the natural sciences. He found... Read more
Stock Image from Microsoft of blue ribbon
June 8, 2021
June 2021 Research Awards announced June 23, 2021 December 2020 Scholarship and Book Awards University and External Awards Noah Baker, Bonderman Travel FellowshipCasey Chen, ... Read more
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June 1, 2021
Distinguished Teaching Award winner Andrea Carroll '03, associate teaching professor of chemistry, discusses how her life has changed during the COVI-19 pandemic.Featured on UW News 
Marum Raza
May 25, 2021
Congratulations to Marium Raza on being named to the 2021 Husky 100! The Husky 100 honors 100 UW undergraduates and graduate students in all areas of study who actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future. Through their passion, leadership, and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience. Marium is working towards a dual degree with a BS in... Read more