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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

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
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
Anna Finch
May 25, 2021
Congratulations to Biochemistry major Anna Finch! Anna was awarded the Irene Dickson McFarlane Tuition Scholarship for 2020-2021. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to highly deserving Washington State resident students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences. We wish Anna well as she continues to move forward to define her career.
Undergraduate Researcher and Ashleigh Theberge standing in front of a painting in the HUB
May 21, 2021
The UW Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs selected Assistant Professor Ashleigh Theberge for an Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Every year, Undergraduate Academic Affairs invites students who are presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium to nominate their mentor for special recognition. A committee then selects a few awardees from among those nominees (191 this year) to honor at... Read more
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
UW CEI logo
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. Vanessa worked with Assistant Professor Cody Schlenker’s research group, working closely with chemistry doctoral student and CEI Graduate Fellow Emma Cave to investigate the interfaces between liquid electrolytes and solid electrodes in lithium-ion batteries.... Read more