Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Wake Forest University. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its role in connecting the physical sciences with the life sciences and applied sciences such as medicine and engineering. You will find that to be true here at Wake Forest in our teaching and in our research which highlights connections to biology, engineering, medicine, and physics.

By recognizing the dynamic nature of science, the Chemistry Department aims to lead in undergraduate and graduate education and in research opportunities that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of chemistry. In this pursuit, our faculty, staff and students alike are committed to developing and using their creativity and critical thinking skills to achieve excellence in inquiry, discovery, application, and service. The department’s collegial spirit of respect and cooperation underlies and facilitates the many truly outstanding contributions to education and chemical research that we boast.

If you have questions about our department you can feel free to contact me and I will answer them if I can or point you toward someone who can if I cannot.

Mark E. Welker
Chair, Department of Chemistry
William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry

Undergraduate Research Day


The URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Center will hold its 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, October 2nd from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in 401 Benson. This exciting event is the culmination of mentored and independent projects carried out this past … Continue reading

Faculty offer workshops on preparing for tests


Science faculty and the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) are collaborating this fall to help first-year students deal with exam panic through a three-part workshop, “How to prevent a panic attack on your first college science exam.” Michael Shuman, interim director, … Continue reading

Beyond the comfort zone


Science students participate in research outside their majors For rising juniors Jackson Colvett and Adam Hoxie, a first-year seminar course totally unrelated to their majors gave them the opportunity to participate in a research project, leading them to present the … Continue reading

In the Spotlight: Kasha Patel


Kasha Patel (BS 2012, Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry) Science Writer at NASA and Science Comedienne in Washington, DC Describe your current work role. At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, I write about Earth science topics … Continue reading