Chemistry students win numerous awards

It was a busy year for awards, despite the constraints of a pandemic. In May, the Department of Chemistry celebrated students, faculty and staff with an online awards and graduation event called Celebrating Student Success. Because of generous donors, the department was able to give almost $500,000 in student support. See the winners of department and other awards below.

Instructors, students find benefits in virtual learning

This year’s pandemic-induced online instruction did not stop students from enrolling in chemistry courses, but it did give instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) experience using a different instructional medium. “Teaching CHEM 344 online was definitely a unique experience,” said TA Maggie McEwan. “Teaching online requires a different set of skills compared to teaching in a classroom or lab, so I think I learned a lot this summer right along with the students.”

UW–Madison establishes free, campus-wide COVID-19 testing to support campus reopening

In the early days of the pandemic, when labs across the country were struggling to meet the demand for testing supplies and materials, the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory immediately took action. The state’s leading animal health lab provided COVID-19 test kits, scarce materials, equipment and training to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, which performs COVID-19 testing for high-priority patients statewide.

Department of Chemistry awards more than $290,000 in scholarships

The Department of Chemistry celebrated more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff members, at the 2019 Student Award Ceremony on April 26. Thanks to generous donors, the department was able to offer more than $290,000 in awards to aide student education and research. In addition, students who won awards from several other groups were honored for their accomplishments.

Succulents for science

Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional co-ed chemistry, sold succulents in the Chem Building Atrium Monday to help the Madison Metropolitan School District purchase science supplies. For $7, those who donated received a succulent planted in a …