Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) at Auburn University aims to promote scientific literacy and interest among K-12 students, teachers, and communities in our region, our state, and our nation.  For more information about outreach at the college level, please visit the COSAM Outreach site.

Chemistry students at a local school

Read about students sharing their passion for chemistry with local elementary school students during National Chemistry Week in October 2018.

Current Programs:


  • Encourage interest  in the chemical sciences in K-12 students

  • Actively engage K-12 students and teachers in relevant and inspiring experiences in chemistry and biochemistry

  • Motivate K-12 students to reach their full potential in chemical sciences by providing access to exciting, hands-on laboratory activities, enthusiastic science mentors, and a supportive environment that encourages their intellectual development

  • Provide opportunities for Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to share their passion for chemistry with a broad audience

  • To provide professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers to improve the quality of math & science education