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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.

Learn more about our undergraduate programs at the links below:

Undergraduate News

May 26, 2023
In the Department of Chemistry, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are integral to excellence and acknowledge that important work is being done by our students and postdoctoral researchers in this space. It is a pleasure to announce the 2023 recipients of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Awards, selected by the Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee. These awards of $500 were supported by the... Read more
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May 24, 2023
Congratulations to Robin Cheung for being chosen as a 2023 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 most... Read more
May 19, 2023
Congratulations to the graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who were awarded 2023 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and to the students and alumni who received honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. NSF... Read more
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April 28, 2023
The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program supports talented and highly motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and advanced bioscience and related research. Each year, ten outstanding UW undergraduates are named Levinson Emerging Scholars and receive funding to support their original research for 2-3 quarters, including funding to present their findings at a professional conference. Five of the ten Levinson Emerging Scholars for 2022-23 are biochemistry students: Sumaya Addish... Read more
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April 24, 2023
Congratulations to Rahoul Banerjee Ghosh, Priscilla Boatemaa, Hannah Han, Alex Silver, and Sarah Stucky, who have all been named to the 2023 Husky 100! The Husky 100 honors one hundred 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... Read more
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April 14, 2023
Thank you for joining us this Husky Giving Day and opening the door to discovery for undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry! On Husky Giving Day, we raised $13,100 for summer undergraduate research scholarships! Because of YOU - alumni, parents, staff and friends - our summer research scholarship funding pool increased by 33% - from $40,000 to $53,100!! Students are currently applying for the summer 2023 Rising... Read more
March 14, 2023
Admitted Student Preview Day is a one-day event on Saturday, April 15, 2023, hosted by the UW Office of Admission. New Huskies can join Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, and students to explore programs and special opportunities available to students at the UW. The Department of Chemistry information session will be on Zoom on April 19, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to register for these events, see the College's post on ... Read more
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February 7, 2023
We are pleased to introduce you to our undergraduate students supported by departmental scholarships and book awards! Note: Some scholarship recipients declined to have their names, bios, or photos published. H. K. Benson Undergraduate Tuition ScholarshipAletta Li is a graduating senior majoring in biochemistry. She is an undergraduate researcher with Associate Professor Andrew Oberst (Immunology) and has been working on... Read more
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November 16, 2022
How did Sarah Keller's group make a brief detour from investigating micron-scale phase separation in lipid membranes to analyzing time-lapse movies of blooming lilies? In a blog post for the Biophysical Society, Professor Sarah Keller provides the context behind the work that was published in the June 21, 2022 issue of Biophysical Journal titled "... Read more