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Contact Information

John Ejnik
Department Chair & Associate Professor 
Phone: 262-472-1083
Location: Upham Hall 220A
Julia Rowehl
Academic Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1070
Location: Upham Hall 220


Promotions & awards:

  • Dr. Catherine Chan is the recipient for the 19th Annual Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award Nomination for UW-W.
  • Dr. Chris Veldkamp is promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure. 
  • Dr. John Ejnik received College of Letters and Sciences Excellence in Research Award (2014).
  • Dr. Hephzibah Kumpaty received College of Letters and Sciences Excellence in Service Award and UW-W Service Award (2013).

New Hires:

  • Dr. Steven Girard has been hired as an Assistant Professor (August 2014). His specialization is in the area of nanomaterials. He got his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2014.

Funded Proposals:

  • Dr. Veldkamp received a three-year, $334,633 Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2011.
  • Dr. Jessica Menke and Dr. Kim Naber were involved in the development of laboratory safety training in Second Life. Their project results evolved into a business plan which placed in two competitions (UWW Warhawk Business Plan Competition - 2nd place & BizStarts Business Plan Competition - 3rd place). This then led to the project continuing at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation Center iHUB and iFellow programs during the summer of 2012.

Additional positions held by Chemistry personnel:

  • Dr. Catherine Chan is the director of Undergraduate research Program
  • Dr. John Ejnik is the coordinator for Integrated Science and Business majors

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Lab Research

Drs. Catherine Chan, Elisabeth Harrahy and Paul House, three faculty members from the Biological Sciences and Chemistry Departments at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, received a grant from the Merck/ AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program to conduct summer research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) with six undergraduate students each year for three years (2009 – 2011).

  • More about the MERCK-AAAS Summer Undergraduate Research Program