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Chemistry Department
Thank You For Your Generosity and Support For Chemistry Students!

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Chemistry Department was excited to completely return to in-person classes and many student activities. From Spring 2022 to Winter 2023, our department had 84 graduates, some of whom were our first cohort of our growing BA Biochemistry degree. Our research labs were also quite active over the past year, employing over 80 student research assistants in the summer of 2022. We were also able to completely move our general chemistry and biochemistry instructional lab courses into a new building that is dedicated to student-centered learning in STEM, the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, or ISB. We are excited to teach our students in these new spaces, which will help us improve and broaden access for our programs. 

In the Chemistry Department, we are exceptionally proud of our students and their accomplishments, both here and post-WWU. Many of you have helped us realize those accomplishments through your generous gifts to the department, and for those gifts we are truly grateful. Would you like to see what we've been up to over the past year? Please check out our Spring 2023 Newsletter! 


The Chemistry Department at Western offers courses for students who plan to major in Chemistry, Biochemistry and other physical, engineering and life sciences programs. The department offers M.S., B.S., and B.A. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. Our Programs are designed to emphasize the fundamental principles of chemistry and their application to technological, societal, and industrial problems, to develop scientific reasoning, advanced hands-on laboratory skills, and to prepare students for success in graduate/professional programs, government, and industry.

Your gift to the Chemistry Department will:

  • Support student events and experiences
  • Student community outreach
  • Provide multiple scholarships and summer research fellowships for students 
  • Provide undergraduate travel and professional development opportunities 

Your Gift Makes A Difference to Our Students...

“2009. It was my freshman year in college, and being a scientist was the last thing I was envisioning for myself. I was a first generation college student, and the only goal I had for myself was to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I wasn't concerned with how or in what field, I would just graduate. 8 years later, and I am an NSF Graduate Research Fellow working on my PhD in biological sciences at Northwestern University-- and I now know, I was meant to be a scientist. What happened in the years in between that triggered such a sudden change? Mentorship. Mentorship and role models have brought me to where I am today. From my professors teaching me the basic concepts in the classroom, to my PI having faith and confidence in my lab skills, even to all of the department professors helping me with graduate school applications... These mentors and role models have been there for me no matter the highs, lows, and challenges I experienced. These mentors have continued cheering me on, even after graduation. My dream is to be like my mentors and teach, illuminate scientific opportunities for those who might not otherwise see them, and inspire the next generation of scientists.”

--  Anne d’Aquino, '14

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College of Science and Engineering Donor Challenge!
The department, project or program in CSE that received the highest number of unique donors will receive an extra $1,000! Final results available after we process all Give Day gifts. Inflating donor count using fake donor names may disqualify a project, department, or program.
Rank Prize CSE Donor Challenge! Donors
1 $1,000 Computer Science 54
2 Chemistry Department 36
3 Geology 33
4 Biology 21
5 Marine and Coastal Science 15
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2 $2,500 Men's Rowing 36
3 Women's Ultimate 13
4 Computer Science 9
5 Marketing Program 9
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