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Undergraduate Chemistry

Chemistry offers extraordinary solutions during times of extraordinary challenge. New methods for making molecules and materials have had a transformational impact on our lives and the materials that surround us, and powerful tools for characterizing molecular processes allow us to understand how to do so efficiently, safely, and with minimized environmental impact. Nearly every area of science, technology, and medicine has been revolutionized by fundamental discoveries at the molecular level. Purdue Chemistry offers students the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class scientists who are focused on undergraduate education.
  • Access to state-of-the-art instrumentation to prepare you for jobs in the chemical industry.
  • Take your studies abroad to develop your skills at the international level.

Undergrad News

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Sara Diem, a junior biochemistry major from Fort Wayne, recently returned from studying abroad in Stuttgart, Germany. The trip was part of Purdue’s SUPER Summer Research Program. Read more about Sara’s experience (PDF), research, and advice she has for others planning a study abroad trip.

Study abroad trip to Colombia

Read about our recent study abroad trip to Colombia.

Class of 2019 Group Photo

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Read what is next for some of our graduating seniors.

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Chemistry senior Jessyca Woods received the College of Science Bridging Cultures Award, presented to a student leader from the Global Science Partners Program dedicated to helping students become interculturally competent. Jessyca is from Indianapolis and is studying in Professor Gudrun Schmidt’s lab.

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Chemistry junior Chinyere Kemet was presented the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) Scholar of the Year Award by Purdue’s Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives. Chinyere is from Chicago, Ill. and is working with Professor L. Tiffany Lyle in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Chemistry sophomore Jacob Brejcha was awarded Top Abstract in the Physical Sciences category at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference for his research: “Development of a More Effective Approach to Analyze Nitrate Isotopes.” Brejcha is from Plainfield, and is a member of Professor Greg Michalski’s research group. Fifteen other Chemistry undergraduates presented at the poster session.

ACS awardees

In November 2018, undergraduate students from our department attended the East Central Illinois ACS Conference in Champaign, Ill. Mara Fattah, Alyssa Lambrecht, and Elizabeth Thayer received awards for Outstanding Poster Presentations, and Clare Gallagher was recognized for Outstanding Oral Presentation. Attending the conference: 

  • Jiachong Chu (Prof. Shah)
  • Madison Edwards (Prof. Cooks)
  • Mara Fattah (Prof. Shi, BMS, BME) 
  • Chrishan Fernando (Prof. Tran, Ag Biochem) 
  • Lawrence Fung (Prof. Schmidt) 
  • Clare Gallagher (Prof. D. Thompson) 
  • Alyssa Lambrecht (Prof. Sintim) 
  • Eric Liu (Prof. Li) 
  • Tianhong Ouyang (Prof. Claridge) 
  • Ben Oxley (Prof. Ren) 
  • Takeru Saito (Prof. Dai) 
  • Alexander Tesmer (Prof. Tantama) 
  • Elizabeth Thayer (Prof. Chopra) 
  • Justin Wong (Prof. C. Thompson) 
  • Jeff Zhang (Prof. Kenttamaa


In December, undergraduate student Kasey Hilton and a team of Purdue students will take part in a Mars simulation mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Hilton is a senior from Houston. The program was established by the Mars Society in 2001 to better educate researchers, students and the general public about how humans can survive on the Red Planet.


Undergraduate student Ben Oxley and Professor Tong Ren will receive the 2018 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research at the Spring 2019 National ACS Meeting in Orlando. Oxley, a senior from Houston, will give a talk during the INOR-sponsored “Frontiers in Undergraduate Research” symposium.


Undergraduate biochemistry student Chrishan Fernando has been awarded a 2018-19 Astronaut Scholarship. A native of Carmel, Ind., Fernando is a member of Purdue Student Government and the president of the Purdue Science Student Council. The scholarship honors the very best and brightest college students pursuing degrees in STEM majors at select institutions.

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Purdue has broken ground on a truly groundbreaking building − a STEM teaching facility will be the first new space of its kind at Purdue in nearly 50 years, housing labs of the future for the College of Science’s Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Read more.


Chemistry senior Eric Klipsch will be the student responder in the Friday (Division II) commencement ceremony. His address will focus on communicating science to the broader world. The Evansville native will attend IU School of Medicine in the fall.


Several Chemistry students presented posters at the Purdue Undergrad Research Conference. Chemistry represented 10-percent of the College of Science (CoS) and our students had 15-percent of the posters in the CoS division, including Ashley Varney, a freshman studying in the Tantama Group.

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