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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

Colleen Craig
April 30, 2021
Associate Teaching Professor Colleen Craig is quoted in the story "How an alternative grading system is improving student learning" in Chemical & Engineering News. Craig has discussed specifications grading (or specs grading) with the Department of Chemistry's Undergraduate Education Committee, and has invited Associate Professor Santiago Toledo of St. Edward’s University, an early adopter of specs grading, to present a workshop to the Department of Chemistry on... Read more
Photograph of Damielle Hieber outside
March 23, 2021
Congratulations to Damielle Hieber who was awarded a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Stipend! Damielle was featured as an LSAMP Scholar of the Week. Damielle is a junior majoring in chemistry who credits LSAMP for the part it has played in her success at the UW. The LSAMP research stipend supported Damielle's research endeavors with the Theberge lab during winter quarter 2021. Due to... Read more
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February 4, 2021
This article highlights the Clean Energy Bridge to Research program, with special focus on Vanessa Zambrano, for whom the program helped kickstart her career.Featured on cei.washington.edu 
Portrait of Dr. Tam'ra-Kay Francis
January 17, 2021
Tam’ra-Kay (TK) Francis, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, is passionate about creating community. Through ongoing conversations with students of color about their experiences in STEM courses, Francis recognized a need for faculty and staff to become more equity-minded and better understand the importance of creating inclusive labs and classrooms. Francis is passionate about helping students succeed, and studies pedagogies and other interventions in higher education that... Read more
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December 28, 2020
Washington Research Foundation Fellowships support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. Two of our students, Hannah Lea and Yennhi Vohoang , have been awarded 2020-2021 WRF Fellowships. Hannah is a junior at the University of Washington majoring... Read more
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December 28, 2020
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. Three of our students, Casey Chen, Tai Nguyen, and Shenwei Wu, have received the 2020-2021 Levinson Emerging Scholar Award. Casey is a senior studying... Read more
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December 28, 2020
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020-21 Department of Chemistry scholarships and book awards! This year’s award recipients are: Jon Zhang, Boeing Scholarship Marianna Gilbert, Boeing ScholarshipNicole Burd, Donald J. Hanahan Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry or BiochemistryMaddie Evarts, Rex J. and Ruth C. Robinson Scholarship Fund in ChemistryGargi Kher, Usha and S. Rao Varanasi Endowed Diversity... Read more
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November 20, 2020
We are excited to announce that applications open December 14, 2020 for the Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR)!   Clean Energy Bridge to Research (CEBR) is a summer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and facilitated by the University of Washington’s (UW) Clean Energy Institute (CEI). It supports a select group of undergraduates to participate in authentic research in solar, energy storage, and grid technologies under the mentorship of UW’s... Read more
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November 20, 2020
We are excited to announce that applications open December 14, 2020 for the Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates! University of Washington’s Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM-C) is a Materials Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF 1719797). MEM-C aims to accelerate the development of future energy conversion, information processing, and sensing technologies through... Read more
October 18, 2020
From an early age, UW senior Marium Raza understood the importance of affordable health care. Raised in Redmond, Washington, she had excellent health coverage through her father’s employer, but she glimpsed a different reality during summer trips to Pakistan to visit relatives. Health care there was neither covered nor adequate. “We would basically just avoid going to the doctor while we were there,” Raza recalls. “If we needed anything, we’d wait until we were back in the States. I was always... Read more
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