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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

Undergraduate Researcher Christine Wu works in the lab of Associate Professor Dan Fu with her graduate student research mentor, Robert Espinoza.
November 20, 2023
Twenty-one undergraduate researchers working with Chemistry faculty received a $2,000 stipend from donor supported departmental scholarship funds to continue their research during summer 2022. In summer 2023, eighteen undergraduate students received a total of $53,100 from donor supported departmental scholarship funds to begin or continue research in chemistry. The disbursement of these funds over the past two summers is the beginning steps to create research opportunities for more... Read more
A researcher holds a vial of red liquid
November 13, 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. Four of the ten Levinson Emerging Scholars for 2023-24 are biochemistry and chemistry students... Read more
Abby Burtner gives a sheepish thumbs up after accidentally boiling a protein gel which exploded causing blue dye to splatter all over the fume hood.
November 1, 2023
Biochemistry major Abby Burtner traveled to Germany over the summer as part of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst or “DAAD”) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German... Read more
Three people sit at a table with a "cabbage chemistry" demonstration.
September 21, 2023
Featured Student Organization: Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences by Michaela Gustaitis, graduate student Inclusion in Chemical Sciences (InCS) had an exciting and eventful Academic Year 2022-23! As an organization, we hosted and attended numerous outreach and social events and had a great time engaging with different members of the community.Every summer, InCS organizes a mentorship network where incoming first-year PhD students are paired... Read more
Headshot of Theresa Gozzo wearing glasses and smiling at the camera
July 12, 2023
Congratulations to Theresa Gozzo who was honored for her achievements in teaching, mentoring, and public service with an Excellence in Teaching Award at the 2023 Awards of Excellence ceremony on June 8. The Excellence in Teaching Award is among the highest teaching recognition at the University of Washington. Gozzo’s primary goal is to create more productive and positive learning experiences by establishing a classroom where students spend less time struggling alone. In this positive... Read more
Anna Finch with long brown hair and bangs, wearing a purple sweater, smiling at the camera, with a tree behind her.
July 11, 2023
The President’s Medal is presented annually by the University of Washington president to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records in their class. One medal is given to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of degree requirements at the University. A second medal is awarded to a student who entered the University with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington... Read more
Stock Image from Microsoft of blue ribbon
June 30, 2023
A year in review of honors and achievements by UW Chemistry an Biochemistry undergraduate students. 2022-2023 Chemistry Scholarship and Book Award Recipients Jump to Top Scholars in Chemistry for the 2022-23 Academic Year Undergraduate Research Awards Rueben AllenDistinguished Research in Chemistry Donovan BahallDistinguished... Read more
UWHS Chemistry 110 teachers participate in a low-cost and non-toxic activity that they can easily use to expose their students to polymer science.
June 27, 2023
The passage of Senate Bill 5048 opens the door to higher education for thousands of high school students in Washington state. The Continuum College at the University shared the news that "Senate Bill 5048 passed the Senate and House unanimously during the most recent legislative session and was signed into law on May 4 by Governor Jay Inslee. The new legislation eliminates College in the High School... Read more
headshot of Tara Young with bangs and long hair
June 19, 2023
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation announced that biochemistry major Tara Young has been named to the 2023 class of Astronaut Scholars. Young will be honored along with more than 60 other Astronaut Scholars throughout the U.S. at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s Innovators Week & Gala on August 16-19, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. The ... Read more