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The UW-Eau Claire chemistry department offers students an impressive array of options and opportunities. They may choose from the technical areas of environmental protection, industrial research, product development, forensic chemistry, teaching, chemical sales and marketing. Many graduates also move on to Ph.D. programs at top-ranked research universities.



  • The UW-Eau Claire chemistry department is nationally recognized as one of the top undergraduate chemistry departments in the country.

  • The chemistry and comprehensive A.C.S. chemistry major are certified by the American Chemical Society.

  • Programs in biochemistry/molecular biology, chemistry with business emphasis and chemistry education are also offered.

  • Four UW-Eau Claire chemistry faculty members have received prestigious Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards, more than any other public liberal arts or comprehensive institution in the country.



Your Gift Supports:

Support the general needs of the chemistry department with a gift of any amount to the Chemistry Advancement Fund, which is used to meet the needs of the department that cannot be met by the state-assisted university operating budget. The fund enables the department to take advantage of opportunities to advance its cause.

The amount in parentheses indicates the annual amount required to meet current obligations:

Laboratory equipment

  • Organic chemistry lab equipment: fund would support small equipment needs in the organic lab such as balances, melting point apparatus, variacs, hot plate/stirrers ($300-$3,000).

  • Tunable dye laser: funding would provide key new experimental capabilities, including absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence excitation spectroscopy, and cavity ringdown spectroscopy ($20,000).

  • Raman spectrometer: funding would allow the study of the vibration spectra of many molecules that cannot be studied by FTIR ($20,000-$40,000).

  • Thermal analysis suite (thermogravimetric analyzer and differential scanning calorimeter): funding would make the analysis and characterization of polymeric and liquid crystalline materials possible ($50,000).

  • Bench top powder X-ray diffractometer: funding would allow for the identification and characterization of bulk solid samples ($50,000).

  • Single crystal X-ray diffraction area detector: funding would increase instrument speed, which would make it possible to include such experiments in upper-division instructional labs, and would broaden the use of X-ray crystallography in research programs that produce either very small or weakly diffracting crystalline samples ($130,000).

  • Named Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Laboratory ($175,000).

    Laboratory would need:
    • Ultracentrifuge: for routine and specialized sample preparations ($35,000).
    • Spectrophotometer with well plate reader: for modern bioassay ($20,000).
    • Fluorescence DNA sequencer: a universal method of genomics ($50,000).
    • Imaging system for DNA/RNA/protein chemiluminescence analysis: allowing up-to-date luminescent detection in place of expensive and potentially hazardous radioisotopes labeling ($40,000)

Student scholarships

  • Recruiting scholarships: a fund to support one-year scholarships for the most academically gifted incoming freshman chemistry or biology/molecular biology students, to be used as a recruiting incentive ($1,000 annual, $20,000 endow).

  • Chemistry fellowship: a fund to support a full-tuition, four-year scholarship for an outstanding chemistry student. Scholarship would have continuing requirements for GPA and credit progress (10 gifts of $15,000 to $20,000).

  • Existing chemistry scholarships (gifts of any amount): Learn more.

Faculty development

  • Named professorship: funding would endow two positions in the department. (A new endowed faculty position for $2.5 million and $1.5 million for endowing an existing position.)


Thank you for considering a gift to the chemistry department. For more information, contact Mike Carney, department chair, at or 715-836-3500.

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"Many students learn advanced techniques and instrumentation through paid student-faculty research."

- Nick, chemistry major