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Student Life

The chemical engineering department at UW is a close-knit community involved in a wide variety of research areas and activities. There are many opportunities to get involved and many resources to help you succeed and feel comfortable at UW. 

Student Associations

Chemical Engineering Associations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at UW is a student organization composed of Chemical Engineering undergraduates dedicated to fostering a sense of community within the department. Our mission is to provide team-building activities, academic resources, and opportunities for students to grow both academically and professionally.
Women In Chemical Engineering 
Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) is a group of undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional women as well as male allies. WChE was founded with the following principles as guidelines: to strengthen the network of women ChemEs across all levels and to promote women in engineering, while not enabling self-stereotyping or stereotype threat.
  • Networking sessions
  • Informational panels


CheMentoring Circles (CMCs) are groups of peer-mentors, facilitated by the University of Washington’s Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE). Modeled after effective mentoring techniques and research from academic and professional institutions, they cultivate a supportive, honest, and confidential space for the participants. The purpose of the CMC is to encourage successful and meaningful meetings to find solutions, build networks, and organically develop long term relationships among Chemical Engineering students and faculty, specifically encouraging women and underrepresented minorities (and their advocates) to thrive within the academic environment and beyond. For more information please contact us at

Associations in the College of Engineering

Many ChemE students are involved in the greater UW College of Engineering community, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Engineers without Borders, and the Society of Hispanic Engineers. For a full list of organizations and additional information about them, please see the UW College of Engineering Clubs & Organizations website


ChemE is a richer department for the wide range of backgrounds and experiences of the students, faculty and staff within the department. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in UW Chemical Engineering
Diversity Programs at the College of Engineering
Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity 

Undergraduate Research

Students interested in participating in undergraduate research within the department should review faculty research areas and faculty pages and contact faculty directly to inquire about availability for research positions. Pre-engineering students should have at least a 3.0 GPA to begin research. Current ChemE majors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in ChemE core courses to start or continue research. 

UW Undergraduate Research Program
Research Areas

Careers & Internships

Our Director of Academic Services works closely with ChemE students to help them find and apply for internships and career opportunities. For more information, see our Careers page. Students also have access to great events and advising through the following offices:

Career Center @ Engineering
UW Career Center

Student Stories 

Why choose UW ChemE? What advice do current students and alumni have?

Meet just a few of our ChemE students and learn more about why they chose to study ChemE at UW and how they're making the most of their time at UW!

Read the full stories here!