Undergraduate Chemistry Ambassadors

Our Undergraduate Chemistry Ambassadors have different hobbies, interests, backgrounds, and goals; but one thing they share is a love of chemistry!

Whether you are a current UW-Madison student, already a declared chemistry major, or if you are a prospective UW-Madison student, our Chemistry Ambassadors are here to answer your questions about our chemistry courses from a student perspective.  The Ambassadors can give their opinions on course selection, course sequencing, and life as a chemistry major overall!  Some examples of questions you may want to ask our ambassadors are: "Do you have any tips for finding a research group?", "What were your experiences with organic chemistry?", "Have you taken any chemistry classes over the summer?  If so, how did you find the workload?", "If you're a double major, how do you find balance in completing all of the courses required?".  

To contact our Ambassadors, please send your questions to: ambassador@chem.wisc.edu.  If there is a specific ambassador you have questions for, please state that in your email.

For specific questions regarding major exploration, major declaration, or individual course planning please contact the Chemisty Advisor, Katie McCullough, at: klmccullough@wisc.edu     

Specific questions about chemistry undergraduate research?  Don't hesitate to contact our Chemistry Undergraduate Research Board to learn more!

Interested in becoming an ambassador?  Recruitment for these positions for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin in March, 2020! Contact the Chemistry Advisor with any questions. 

 

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Chemistry Ambassadors

 

BRENDAN ANDERSON

YEAR: Junior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry and BM Music Performance

HOMETOWN: Hubertus, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: My favorite chemistry course so far was the first semester of organic chemistry (CHEM 343).  The professor was engaging and the material we were learning was interesting and very different from previous chemistry courses.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: My favorite place on campus has to be Camp Randall, because I’ve had so many good memories over the years and there’s nothing like a game day at Camp Randall.

FUN FACT: I play trumpet in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band.

 

KURT DAVIS

YEAR: Junior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: New Berlin, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: My favorite chemistry course so far is introductory organic chemistry 343.  Helen Blackwell was an awesome professor, and concepts taught in the class engage your mind in new and interesting ways.  Although it was challenging, it was a welcome experience.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: My favorite place on campus is the Allen Centennial Gardens.  Sitting by the koi pond is a lot of fun, and there are ample places to sit and contemplate.  Before tough exams I go there to read and relax.  

FUN FACT: I read and write poetry in my free time.   

CARLY DELONG

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: Greendale, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Organic Chemistry

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Union

FUN FACT: I live down the road from Kopps, which has the best custard ever (best flavor is ultimate cookie dough).  

CADE HARKNER

YEAR: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: Portage, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Analytical Chemistry: labs were fun and had real-world applications and the class had an amazing research project that had your group developing your own research project.

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Union, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and the lab!

FUN FACT: I like to listen to electronic music.   

KAYLEE HUSTAD

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry, Pre-med track

HOMETOWN: Waunakee, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Inorganic chemistry, because it deals with the d-block of the periodic table which normally doesn’t get covered in much detail.  Also, solid state chemistry is very interesting!

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: The Learning Commons in Grainger

FUN FACT: I like to garden.  

JAKE O’HEARN

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry, Math certificate

HOMETOWN: Maple Grove, MN

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: My favorite chemistry course is CHEM 343 Honors.  My professor (Dr. Burke) for the course was exceptional, and CHEM 343 was when chemistry really started to become fun and interesting to me.   

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Library

FUN FACT: I started and lead a ceramics club on campus.    

MCKAYLA OLIG

YEAR: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Chemistry, Environmental Studies certificate

HOMETOWN: Beaver Dam, WI

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Chem 343, because it was the first course where I really started to enjoy chemistry.  

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Picnic point trail

FUN FACT: I have no sense of smell and I haven’t for as long as I can remember. 

CHARLOTTE O’SULLIVAN

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: St. Charles, IL

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: I have liked them all a lot, so I can’t pick a favorite!

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Union

FUN FACT: I am left handed!   

JinSoo Park

YEAR: Senior

MAJOR(S): Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology

HOMETOWN: South Korea (Republic of Korea)

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Biochem 501, because we could learn about applied chemistry which is most likely to see at the research lab.   

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Memorial Library 1st floor

FUN FACT: I am a senior and still 19 years old   

HELENA PLISZKA

YEAR: Sophomore

MAJOR(S): Chemistry

HOMETOWN: Atlanta, GA

FAVORITE CHEMISTRY COURSE: Can’t choose between Chem 109H and PChem 561.  Both were really engaging classes with amazing, energetic and involved professors.  Chem 109H was my first introduction to college chemistry, and it really showed me the various places chemistry can take you, like CdSe quantum dots.  The first semester of PChem is heavy with derivations of various thermodynamic laws.  I really enjoyed this aspect of the class, since I was able to understand the beginnings of such equations as the ideal gas law!  

FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS: Law Library and any bench towards picnic point

FUN FACT: Polish is actually my first language and I have dual citizenship.