Through the kindness and generosity of donors, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is able to award over $30,000 in student scholarships annually. These scholarships support both our returning undergraduate student majors and those majors who have graduated and are entering a professional program in the basic sciences and/or health professions. Click on the UWL Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholarship Opportunities link below to apply for all available Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry scholarships. For additional scholarship information you can go to the UWL Foundation site.

UWL Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholarship Opportunities


REECE BANTA: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Nutter Scholarship in Chemistry
ANDREW BAUMGARTNER: Milford A. & Mildred E. Cowley Scholarship
BRIAN BEYER: C. Richard & Kathleen Kistner Family Endowment for Chemistry
ALLISON COYLE: William S. Case Chemistry Scholarship
MITCHELL EPLING: Dr. Aline Fournier Nieckarz Memorial Scholarship in Organic Chemistry
ELISE GERUM: Fabich Family Scholarship
SARA GONSKE: Joseph & Suzanne Toce Scholarship in Biochemistry
ANDRES GUERRERO: Roberta & William Allen Chemistry Graduate Study Incentive Scholarship
LINDSAY HEAGLE: William W. Allen Chemistry Scholarship
HAYDEN HOINESS: Eric Stuart McIlraith Scholarship in Chemistry
MORGAN KNAPP: Ray Heath Scholarship Fund in Chemistry
JOSIE LAMMERS: Michael J. & Sandra R. Dolan Endowment Fund in Chemistry
YUANMAN MA: Roberta & William Allen Chemistry Graduate Study Incentive Scholarship
RYAN MAKI: Hardy W. Chan & Sons Scholarship
ALYSSA RAGON: Neil M. Mighall Fund in Chemistry
JUSTIN RATKOVEC: Roberta & William Allen Chemistry Graduated Study Incentive Scholarship
CULLEN SCHULL: Richard C. Chang Memorial Scholarship
SOPHIA SORENSON: Advancement of Women in Chemistry & Biochemistry
KARL TAYLOR: Romenesko Family Scholarship Fund in Chemistry
GINA WADE: Joseph & Suzanne Toce Graduating Scholarship in Biochemistry


Major/Minor: Biochemistry/Microbiology (Research Mentor: Dr. John May)
Exploring the copper-resistance mechanism of the lipoprotein, DcrB, in Salmonella enterica.
I research a copper-resistance protein, DcrB, found in Salmonella enterica. Using live cultures of S. enterica and a number of biochemical techniques, I’ve been exploring DcrB’s unknown copper-resistance mechanism. I’ve studied possible interactions between DcrB and small cellular metabolites and explored the relationship between the gene dcrB and other genes in the Salmonella genome.

Major/Minor: ACS Certified Chemistry/Spanish & Math (Research Mentor: Dr. Aric Opdahl)
Quantitative Approaches to Biomolecular Sensing
Our current research centers on innovations to surface plasmon resonance (SPR), specifically SPR methods that explore sensor binding interactions as a function of temperature. We are in the process of completing a large set of sensor hybridization measurements of a model system of DNA probes and targets. The goal of the work is to illustrate quantitative detection of DNA single-nucleotide polymorphism in complex mixtures, by temperature dependent SPR measurements. Instrument advances such as this are important for discovery of new pharmaceutical agents and for development of new sensing technologies.

Majors in Biology & Chemistry (Research Mentor: Dr. Valeria Stepanova)
Development of efficient and green large scale microwave synthesis of curcuminoids
This project will expand the green microwave assisted synthesis of curcumin and curcuminoids that I have developed from a small scale reaction to a large scale reaction. The large scale synthesis of curcumin and curcuminoids will allow for increased biological testing and pave the way for the green industrial synthesis of such compounds.


The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education!

Our faculty represent all of the major sub-fields of chemistry and have a diverse range of research interests – and generously give their time to assist students with coursework, and college and career advising. We are committed to providing a broad-based education that seeks to develop problem-solving skills through challenging coursework and hands-on laboratory experiences with modern equipment, instrumentation, and computation. Overall, we believe UWL provides one of the best undergraduate educational experiences in science available.

Exciting opportunities await chemistry and biochemistry majors in today's modern, technological world! 

If you have questions or concerns, please email Todd Weaver, Ph.D., Department Chair, or phone 608.785.8269. Please feel free to contact any of our faculty members directly, or our departmental office at any time. We would be happy to meet with you at your convenience, send you additional information, or schedule a customized tour of our department and campus.

UWL Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Informational Guide

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Mission Statement: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UW-La Crosse is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate and outreach education in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We aim to instill in our graduates the skills and drive necessary to meet the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. Specifically, we actively provide our students with the solid foundation in chemistry and biochemistry required for successful careers in industry, research, education, engineering, health professions, and other interdisciplinary fields. We engage our students in cutting edge chemical, biochemical, and educational research in an environmentally and ethically sound manner that also provides practical skill to the students we mentor. Department members also provide a range of professional services to our community, professions, and institution in ways commensurate with our expertise and talent.