Undergraduate Chemistry Ambassadors

Our Undergraduate Chemistry Ambassadors have different hobbies, interests, backgrounds, and goals; but one thing they share is a love of chemistry!

Whether you are a current UW-Madison student, already a declared chemistry major, or if you are a prospective UW-Madison student, our Chemistry Ambassadors are here to answer your questions about our chemistry courses from a student perspective.  The Ambassadors can give their opinions on course selection, course sequencing, and life as a chemistry major overall!  Some examples of questions you may want to ask our ambassadors are: “Do you have any tips for finding a research group?”, “What were your experiences with organic chemistry?”, “Have you taken any chemistry classes over the summer?  If so, how did you find the workload?”, “If you’re a double major, how do you find balance in completing all of the courses required?”.

To contact our Ambassadors, please send your questions to: ambassador@chem.wisc.edu.  If there is a specific ambassador you have questions for, please state that in your email.

For specific questions regarding major exploration, major declaration, or individual course planning please contact the Chemisty Advisor, Katie McCullough, at: klmccullough@wisc.edu.    

Specific questions about chemistry undergraduate research?  Don’t hesitate to contact our Chemistry Undergraduate Research Board to learn more!

Interested in becoming an ambassador?  Recruitment for the 2020-2021 academic year has already taken place.  The positions for the 2021-2022 academic year will begin in March, 2021! Contact the Chemistry Advisor with any questions.

Meet our Ambassadors!


YEAR: Junior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: Qatif, Saudi Arabia

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE:  Tough decision, but Chem 345 was the course I enjoyed the most because each concept required unique ways of thinking to understand the chemistry behind them.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:  Student Activity Center is an all-around place on campus. Not only is it a great place for studying, but it is also the home of many social events!

FUN FACT: I never add cheese as a topping! Am I in the right state?

Brendan Anderson


YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry and BM Music Performance

HOMETOWN: Hubertus, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: My favorite chemistry course so far was the first semester of organic chemistry (CHEM 343).  The professor was engaging and the material we were learning was interesting and very different from previous chemistry courses.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: My favorite place on campus has to be Camp Randall, because I’ve had so many good memories over the years and there’s nothing like a game day at Camp Randall.

FUN FACT: I play trumpet in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.


YEAR: Junior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: New Berlin, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: My favorite chemistry course so far is introductory organic chemistry 343.  Helen Blackwell was an awesome professor, and concepts taught in the class engage your mind in new and interesting ways.  Although it was challenging, it was a welcome experience.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: My favorite place on campus is the Allen Centennial Gardens.  Sitting by the koi pond is a lot of fun, and there are ample places to sit and contemplate.  Before tough exams I go there to read and relax.

FUN FACT: I read and write poetry in my free time.

Kurt Davis


YEAR: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Chemistry


FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Analytical Chemistry: labs were fun and had real-world applications and the class had an amazing research project that had your group developing your own research project.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Union, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and the lab!

FUN FACT: I like to listen to electronic music.

Cade Harkner


YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: Waukesha, WI – a suburb of Milwaukee

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE:  I have enjoyed all chemistry courses I’ve taken. However my favorite chemistry course has got to be chemistry 103 because it was the first college class I had a deep interest in, leading to me switching my path to become a chemistry major.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS:  My favorite place on campus is tucked away on the top floor of Memorial Library. Up there is a special collection of rare and interesting books that I couldn’t begin to describe. It also has a great view as well. I would highly recommend everyone to visit at some point.

FUN FACT: A fun fact about myself is that I like to grow and care for plants.


YEAR: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Chemistry


FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: I really enjoyed the CHEM 115/116 sequence.  It was a great opportunity to meet other chemistry-minded individuals, and it helped make the big campus feel small because of the class size.  My TA even learned all our names within the first two weeks!  Additionally, the research lab experience in 116 was really valuable.  I am continuing to work with my same mentor/PI this year!

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: My favorite spot would have to be the top of Bascom Hill looking towards the Capitol.  I think it has the best view all year round.  I will always go out of my way to walk Bascom just for the view.  My second favorite spot is the view from the 8th floor Shane research tower overlooking all of campus and Mendota.

FUN FACT: I can play the accordion, though not very well!