Department of Chemistry
WKU Chemistry provides an amazing array of educational and professional opportunities for our students. Our department is home to a growing number of vibrant and enthusiastic researchers who are dedicated to their students in the both the classroom and in the research lab. Come explore with us!
Student Highlight: Alissa Weston
Alissa is pursuing a chemistry major with a criminology minor. She is in her third year as a teaching assistant and is providing leadership within the TA group. She is completing a video series project in collaboration with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. The videos will provide direction for future TAs and will assist future dual credit high school teachers. Alissa was awarded the 2019 Nell Skean Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant Award. After graduation she plans to apply for a summer internship with the FBI before seeking employment doing forensic chemistry work for the crime scene units of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Her ultimate goal is to work her way up to the crime scene units of the FBI.
News: WKU Chemistry receives NSF Grant for new NMR instrument
Led by Dr. Kevin Williams as the PI with his colleagues, WKU Chemistry has recently received a National Science Foundation grant that will fund a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer featured with autosampler to be installed early 2020. For Dr. Williams and his fellow WKU chemists, the grant couldn’t have come at a better time. The current NMR spectrometer is nearing 16 years in use with a typical operating time of 20 to 30 hours per week.
WKU Chemistry empowers students of all backgrounds to think critically about the molecular sciences and promotes a vibrant regional economy through training, public service, and industrial collaboration. We ignite a spirit of life-long learning through engaged classroom and laboratory instruction, hands-on experience in nationally-recognized research, and direct mentoring by faculty. This enables our students to define their own career path and to make an impact both locally and globally.