Chemistry Opportunities Program

What is CHOPs?

Chemistry Opportunities (CHOPs) is a program that invites 20-25 highly qualified prospective students to the UW-Madison Chemistry Department for an all-expense paid weekend to explore the chemistry graduate program. CHOPs was first launched the Fall of 2012 at the UW-Madison Chemistry Department.

Why apply to CHOPs?

During the CHOPs preview weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore the UW-Madison graduate program in the chemistry department. You will not only get to interact with faculty, staff and current graduate students in an informal setting, but will also get the opportunity to explore the friendly and diverse city of Madison.

What to expect during the CHOPs weekend:

CHOPs is a great opportunity for you to get a sense of what it is like to be a graduate student in the chemistry department at UW-Madison, as well as what it is like to live in Madison. During the weekend, participants will get the opportunity to:

--take tours of the research facilities in the chemistry department and the UW-Madison campus

--meet with the research faculty and current chemistry graduate students

--get an overview of the chemistry graduate program

--receive advice on how to prepare a competitive graduate school application

--take part in planned activities around Madison.


Cost to attend:

All visit expenses including travel, lodging and on-campus meals will be provided to those selected to attend.

Application & Selection Time frame:

Enter your email address HERE to receive an email and information about CHOPS 2016 applications. CHOPS 2015 applications are now closed. The prospective students selected will also receive an application fee waiver for the UW-Madison Graduate School online application.

Who can participate?

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who are recent college graduates, or students with junior or senior status who will graduate no later than the Spring of 2017. Preference will be given to students who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian, Native Alaskan or Native Pacific Islander, from low-income homes or who are first in their family to attend college. All applicants must intend to apply to the UW-Madison chemistry PhD program for the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 academic year.

*CHOPs is sponsored by the UW Chemistry Department, P&G and The DOW Chemical Company