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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

Pink lilies
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
Montage containing Harry the  Husky, Airy the Husky, Homecoming Scholar Rahoul Banerjee Ghosh, and a banner reading "Homecoming Scholars, UWAA"
October 20, 2022
Congratulations to chemistry major Rahoul Banerjee Ghosh on receiving a Homecoming Scholarship from the UW Alumni Association! Rahoul grew up in Kolkata, India surrounded by teachers and academics, inspiring him to become one himself. His path to that currently involves researching nanoparticles and materials in the group of Professor David Ginger for better solar technology, tutoring students at Seattle Public Schools, and helping international students find their place at the UW, just like he... Read more
I-5 and Downtown Seattle from a southeastern perspective, at night
October 12, 2022
What will our recent graduates be doing when they leave the UW? We look forward to expanding this page quarter by quarter! Content will be added on this page as students graduate, so check back periodically! Last update: 10/13/2022 Progyateg Chakma, Ph.D. is going to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a position as a postdoctoral research associate. Progyateg conducted postdoctoral training with Prof. Matt Golder from August 2020 through January 2023. Peter... Read more
Brandi Cossairt speaks with Munira Khalil (whose back is toward the camera); both are wearing academic regalia
September 12, 2022
Updated on November 28, 2022 – 11:35 am(This article is based on a report written by the Diversity and Equity Steering Committee in Academic Year 2021-22.) The Department of Chemistry has been known to be a welcoming place with a collegial atmosphere and collaborative environment where interdisciplinary research can thrive. Our mission is to create new chemical knowledge and prepare the next generation of scientists in a safe and inclusive environment. We invite you to read a brief... Read more
Certificate stock image by Microsoft
August 24, 2022
Each year, members of our faculty nominate students to be presented with a certificate of merit from the American Chemical Society in each of the traditional divisions of chemistry. We congratulate the following students recognized for the 2021-2022 academic year: The ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry has been presented to Hannah Lea in recognition of her research. Hannah Lea graduated in March 2022 with a B.S. in biochemistry with college honors. Hannah has spent... Read more
Lucinda Liu wearing a graduation cap and gown standing behind a lectern
August 23, 2022
Reflections on working, researching, learning, and living amid a pandemic as members of the Department of Chemistry. William Wu, B.S. 2022Thinking back to four years ago, I still remember the day of the freshman welcome party of the chemistry department. It seems that we have some more/less people today. This is not because we break the law of conservation, but because our chemistry department is an open system, in which we thoroughly exchanged our ideas, our feelings, and our... Read more
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity
July 12, 2022
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 inaugural recipients of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Awards, selected by the Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee in spring 2022. These awards of $500 were... Read more
Stock Image from Microsoft of blue ribbon
July 6, 2022
Each year the Department of Chemistry acknowledges our top students in the Honors General Chemistry series, the Honors Organic Chemistry series, and the Physical Chemistry series. The P. C. Cross Award for the top student in Physical Chemistry has been awarded to Nathan Ballinger. Nathan Ballinger is a senior chemistry major from Redmond, Washington. For the past year, Nathan has worked in the group of Associate Professor Al Nelson creating 3D-printable gels that exhibit... Read more
Four people gathered at a table with study materials and laptops
June 16, 2022
Spring 2020 was the first full quarter of what was quickly dubbed “Zoom University.” As we remember all too well, schools and businesses were closed to fight the COVID-19 virus. Ashley Dostie, a doctoral candidate in the research group of Assistant Professor Ashleigh Theberge, was assigned as a teaching assistant to two courses that quarter—Principles of Chemistry III (CHEM 221) and Meso and Microfluidics in Chemical Analysis (CHEM 425/525). Principles of Chemistry III “can be a challenging... Read more