Student Programs

Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPS)

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 group


The Catalyst program is designed to help first-year graduate students from underserved populations succeed in the chemistry graduate program at UW-Madison.

Catalyst Students

Graduate Program News

  • Person in red shirt on step ladder reading air quality meter

    Collaboration helps UW-Madison Chemists quickly evaluate technologies to clean the air

    Individuals and businesses are scrambling to find new ways to protect themselves from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With this interest, the effectiveness of new technologies that promise to improve indoor air quality has taken center stage. University of Wisconsin–Madison chemists have accepted the challenge of evaluating those technologies and the work is moving quickly, thanks to the lab’s partnership with HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) specialists at Johnson Controls.

  • Bertram and Bain Receive James W. Taylor Excellence Teaching Awards

    By Meranda M. Masse Department Communications & Graduate Student (Cavagnero) The Department of Chemistry has chosen two recipients for the James W. Taylor Excellence Teaching Award – Professor Timothy Bertram and senior instructional technology specialist …

  • Students in front of trees

    Prof. Susanna Widicus Weaver brings a love of chemistry and expertise in astronomy

    Vozza Professor of Chemistry Susanna Widicus Weaver arrived at UW–Madison in May to conduct research in prebiotic astrochemistry and on how life may form with the evolution of stars and planets. Weaver received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University (2000) and her Ph.D. in chemistry at California Institute of Technology (2005). She most recently was a professor of chemistry at Emory University.

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Graduate Student Spotlight

  • Merenini

    Grad Spotlight: Princess Merenini

    Princess Merenini, a first-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, was one of the 2019 Pei Wang Fellowship award recipients. The Pei Wang Fellowship honors the late Pei Wang (Ph.D. 1952, chemistry) by gifting this award to honorable graduate students at UW–Madison. Merenini is an international student from Nigeria. She moved to the United States in 2016 to pursue her undergraduate education at Savannah State University (SSU). Growing up in Nigeria, Merenini was taught that there were only four “prestigious” career paths: medicine, law, engineering and pharmacy.

  • Nick Riley

    Grad Spotlight: Nicholas M. Riley

    Nicholas M. Riley is a graduate student from Louisville, KY, who attended the University of South Carolina as an undergraduate. He currently works with the Coon Research Group. Tell us about your research. My graduate research …

  • Summer Research Snapshot: Graduate Student Steven Chapman

    The weather in Madison is slowly cooling down, undergraduates are moving in, and the first football game of the season is one week away. We are nearing the end of summertime in Madison. Today marks …

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Graduate Program Contacts

Helen Blackwell

Position title: Norman C. Craig Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair for the Graduate Program, Director of Graduate Studies


Phone: 608.262.1503

Arrietta Clauss

Position title: Director of Graduate Student Services


Phone: 608.262.0363

Taylor Mathewson

Position title: Graduate Coordinator


Phone: 608.265.0517