Apply for CHOPs

The application for CHOPs 2017 are now open. Applicants who are selected to participate in the program will be notified by summer 2017. Please enter your information to receive an email about CHOPs 2018. CHOPs 2017 will be held September 14-17, 2017. Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Please make sure you carefully enter your email address in the application. All correspondence for the CHOPs program will be via email.

To complete your CHOPs application, you will need:

  1. Applicant information
  2. Areas of interest (e.g., analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, etc.)
  3. List of UW-Madison professors you would like to meet and/or work with
  4. Contact information for two references
  5. Three short essays (500-word limit per essay)
  6. Transcripts


Your references will be sent an email when you submit your application. The email will be delivered to the address you have specified in the application. Please make sure the email address you enter is correct, and let your references know in advance to expect this email.


Three short essays are required of all applicants. You can type your essays in the space provided or paste your previously created essays into the appropriate textbox. The three essay questions are:

  1. Why are you interested in attending a chemistry graduate program?
  2. How do you expect participating in the CHOPs program will help you achieve your goals?
  3. Tell us about any previous research experiences you've had.


Electronic transcripts are required of all applicants. If your school does not offer electronic transcripts, please scan a paper copy and save it as a PDF to upload along with your application. You can only upload one PDF file; the file must not exceed 5 MB. For the purpose of this application, unofficial transcripts are sufficient.