CHOPs group photo 2017

Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs)

**During these unusual times, we understand a lot of things are happening. Currently, we are still planning on hosting CHOPS 2020. We have extended the deadline to June 26, 2020. If you need more time or have any questions, please contact Desiree Bates, dmbates@chem.wisc.edu.**

About

The Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPS) program invites approximately 20 highly qualified prospective students to the UW-Madison Chemistry Department for an all-expense-paid weekend to explore the chemistry Ph.D. graduate program. CHOPS was first launched fall 2012 at the UW-Madison Chemistry Department.

Applying for CHOPs

Applications for CHOPs 2020 will be available in January 2020. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program will be notified by summer 2020.

Information on the CHOPs Application

FAQ's

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Why apply for CHOPs?

During the CHOPS preview weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore the UW-Madison graduate program in chemistry. You will not only get to interact with faculty, staff, and current graduate students in an informal setting, but also will get the opportunity to explore the friendly and diverse city of Madison. Learn more about applying for CHOPS.

Who can participate?

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are recent college graduates, or students with junior or senior status who will graduate no later than spring 2022. Preference will be given to students who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian, Native Alaskan, or Native Pacific Islander; students from low-income homes; or students who are first-generation college students. All applicants must intend to apply for admission to the UW-Madison graduate program in chemistry for the 2021-22 or 2022-23 academic year.

What to expect during the CHOPS weekend

Through CHOPS, you will get a great sense of what it’s like to be a graduate student in the Chemistry Department at UW-Madison, as well as what it’s like to live in Madison. During the weekend, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Take tours of the research facilities in the Chemistry Department and across the UW-Madison campus
  • Meet with the research faculty and current chemistry graduate students
  • Get an overview of the chemistry graduate program
  • Ask questions about how to prepare a competitive graduate school application
  • Take part in planned activities around Madison

CHOPs weekend schedule

Thursday Evening

  • Arrive at Dane County Regional Airport
  • Check-in to hotel
  • Welcome dinner with graduate student hosts and an overview talk about UW-Madison

Friday

  • Breakfast and welcome talk with the department chair
  • Faculty research presentations
  • Microscopy workshops/facilty tours
  • Individual meetings with faculty
  • Lunch with faculty
  • Poster session and social hour
  • Dinner

Saturday

  • Breakfast and presentation on attending graduate school at UW-Madison and the application process.
  • Tour of Madison
  • Dinner

Sunday

  • Depart for home

Cost to attend

All visit expenses — including travel, lodging, and on-campus meals — will be covered for students selected to participate in CHOPs.

Timeline for application and participant selection

The application for CHOPS 2020 will open in January 2020. The dates that CHOPS 2020 will be held are October 1-4, 2020. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program will be notified by summer 2020.

Applications are due June 26, 2020.

CHOPS participants also receive an application fee waiver for the UW-Madison Graduate School online application.

CHOPS APPLICATION REQUEST

**During these unusual times, we understand a lot of things are happening. Currently, we are still planning on hosting CHOPS 2020. We have extended the deadline to June 26, 2020. If you need more time or have any questions, please contact Desiree Bates, dmbates@chem.wisc.edu.**

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Sponsors

The CHOPS program is possible because of generous support from the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, P&G and The Dow Chemical Company.