Chemistry

  

We are saddened to report that Professor Emeritus Mark Wicholas passed away on November 20 following a brief battle with cancer. The Chemistry Department rose to national prominence under Mark’s leadership and the department will honor Mark’s legacy later this academic year.

Mark joined the faculty at Western in 1967 and was chair of Chemistry from 1982-2007. Under his leadership, the department submitted a successful Department Development proposal in 2000 to the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and the Murdock Charitable Trust. This was a significant and critical achievement in the evolution of the department as a national model among primarily undergraduate institutions for the engagement of students in research.

When Mark retired in 2007 an endowed fund was set up in his honor by Chemistry alumni. Earlier this year, Mark made a significant gift to this endowed fund, which will ensure that we have the means to support the development of our students as first-rate researchers now and in the future. We are honored that Mark recognized the department as good shepherds of the legacy he worked diligently to establish. 


The Chemistry Department at Western offers courses for students who plan to major 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, approved by the American Chemical Society. Programs of study 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.

Prof. Patrick Research with StudentsThe Department is recognized as having one of the strongest undergraduate-based research programs in the nation, supported by an average of $1 million in annual external grant funding.  Award-winning faculty work closely with students on a variety of important scientific challenges, ranging from medicinal chemistry to solar energy, protein engineering, the development of new aerospace and electronic materials, and many more.  Students are immersed in an environment emphasizing strong interdisciplinary scientific preparation and receive hands-on experience with advanced chemical and biochemical methods in state-of-the-art facilities.  The program draws top students from across the Washington and the country. 

Chemistry Department Building

Western consistently ranks among the top universities in the West. Located in Bellingham, WA, the campus overlooks Puget Sound and the beautiful San Juan Islands, and is adjacent to the majestic Mt. Baker and the North Cascades.

 

For more about the Department, see: History and Mission Statement

 

 WWU Sustainability

 The Chemistry Department Administrative Office Suite is working toward Gold Status Sustainability Certification.

 For more information visit the WWU Sustainability website.

Department Distinctions:

  • Pauling Symposium at PLU, November 2016
    Gilbertson Group with Dr. Wicholas at the Pauling Symposium, PLU November 2016
  • Dr. Rob Berger has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement
    Dr. Rob Berger has been named a 2017 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Dr. John Gilbertson awarded the 2017 Dreyfus Award.
    Associate Professor of Chemistry John Gilbertson, here in the lab with student Tiffany Nakama-Fukuhara, has been named a 2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
  • Warm wishes and many thanks to Dean Kathy Kitto for her many years of support of the Chemistry Department. Congratulations on your retirement!
  • Dr. Anthony-Cahill and some of our MS graduates!
    Dr. Anthony-Cahill and some of our MS graduates! Iris Phan, Yubin Kwon and Rachel Hubbard. Congratulations!
  • Dr. John Antos named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).
    Dr. John Antos named a 2016 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA).
  • Tess Clinkingbeard received an Outstanding Poster Award from the Colloid & Surface Chemistry Division at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting.
    Tess Clinkingbeard received an Outstanding Poster Award from the Colloid & Surface Chemistry Division at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting.
  • Keenan Komoto and Viktor Laszlo celebrate computational division poster awards with Dr. Tim Kowalczyk at the 250th ACS national meeting.
    Keenan Komoto and Viktor Laszlo celebrate computational division poster awards with Dr. Tim Kowalczyk at the 250th ACS national meeting.
  • An image of Clint
    A recent study from the Spiegel group describing the immune response to hemophilia treatment is featured on the cover of Blood.
  • Chemistry MS student Christian Erickson and fellow team members win $10,000 at a business plan competition for their transparent solar window.
    Chemistry MS student Christian Erickson and fellow team members win $10,000 at a business plan competition for their transparent solar window.

 

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