Department of Chemistry


Program Description

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of West Florida! Chemistry courses for majors at UWF are typically small, allowing our instructors to pay attention to individual students. Nevertheless, our laboratories are inordinately well-equipped with modern instrumentation. We pride ourselves on giving students hands-on training with state-of-the-art instrumentation, so our graduates are extremely well-prepared for the job market and professional or graduate school.

Chemistry Department Faculty Receive Funding

In 2016, UWF received an S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation  for $949,888 to support 28 academically talented, financially disadvantaged students. A component of this program will pilot a four-year, eight semester STEM for Life Seminar Series for 28 S-STEM Scholars and 32 CSE Scholars. In that same year, UWF received funding from the National Science Foundation to create a Geo Scholars program supporting 5 students/year in research.

Chem Scholars Program Update

Established in 2011, the Chemistry Scholars (Chem Scholars) program focus on high achieving students in chemistry with an emphasis on underrepresented (UR) students.

Chem Scholars Accomplishments

  • 9 National American Chemical Society Scholars (a first at UWF)
  • Over $50,000 in annual, renewable scholarships
  • 4 DOW-MIT ACCESS Program recipient (a first at UWF)
  • All 68 Chemistry Scholars have participated in undergraduate research at UWF
  • 25 Chemistry Scholars accepted into off-campus summer research programs
  • 67 Chemistry Scholars presented research presentations at scientific meetings
    • American Chemical Society National Meeting & Expositions (ACS)
    • Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
    • Southeastern Medical Scientists Symposium (SEMSS)
    • Hispanics in STEM Annual Conference (HENAAC)