The On Ramp to Scientific Inquiry

The Department of Chemistry’s faculty and staff have always taken their teaching roles seriously. Not content to simply create new knowledge in the lab, instructors fold cutting-edge chemistry topics and approaches into the undergraduate experience. This teaching strategy helps students to bridge the gap between the research lab and the classroom.

In recent decades, the science of chemistry has advanced at light speed, but the teaching facilities in the chemistry building have remained firmly planted in the 1960s. As safety requirements have become more stringent and teaching practices have changed, the 60-year-old instructional facilities are ill equipped for today’s undergraduate lectures and labs.

With your support, we can improve the quality of the student educational experience at UW-Madison through the Chemistry Building Project, an addition and renovation to the instructional space. This project will enable instructors to implement their full visions for contemporary chemistry education by providing safe, modern spaces for the thousands of students who take their classes each year.

Today the Department of Chemistry serves as the on-ramp to scientific inquiry for UW-Madison undergraduates studying across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. More than 13,000 students enroll in chemistry classes each year. Undergraduate chemistry course enrollments have increased more than 70 percent since 1990. A chemistry building that meets the needs of the university is fundamental to the success of the entire university. In addition to support from the state, it will take the support of generous Badgers to make the Chemistry Building Project a reality.