Who organizes Cool Chemistry?

Cool Chemistry participants create energy and hydrogen peroxide

Cool Chemistry is organized by the Chemistry Chapter of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). At a brainstorming session in 2005, we identified developing a program to engage girls in chemistry as a priority. Around the same time, a donation from Julia Phillips enabled us to expand the scope of our plans.

Why would I want to attend Cool Chemistry?

First, it's a lot of fun. Second, you will learn about modern issues in chemistry by doing hands-on experiments. Third, unfortunately, middle school and high school is when girls often begin to lose interest in science, because it is perceived as being "too hard" or "not cool." We provide an environment where you will work with other girls to use the scientific process of questioning, hypothesizing, and experimenting to solve relevant problems.

Our mentors and teachers inspired us to study chemistry, and we hope to pass that on to the next generation of scientists—you, perhaps. Finally, you will want to see the awesome demonstrations that we've got planned, and taste the liquid nitrogen ice cream that we'll be making.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Let us know if you need one by contacting wisechem@umn.edu.

Why does this program focus specifically on chemistry?

As a group of graduate students in chemistry, we thought that we would do what we know best. At some point, we would like to expand the program to include other fields. If you know someone with expertise or connections in these areas, please contact us. Someday, we hope to make this a huge event, where girls can do experiments related to science, math, technology, and engineering.

Can I sign up a large group?

Space is limited, we only accept group registrations of five students or less.

  • If you have a class or large group, contact the Department of Chemistry's Chemists in the Classroom program to schedule a demonstration program.


    • Cool Chemistry
    • University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis MN 55455
    • Letitia Yao, Ph.D., Cool Chemistry Coordinator
    • wisechem@umn.edu
    • (612) 625-8374