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This calendar includes all events from the following individual calendars: Department of Chemistry Alumni Events (events for an alumni audience), Department Events (events of general interest and/or relevant to all Chemistry research areas), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events, Public Events, and events related to Chemistry research areas and programs (Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program, Inorganic Chemistry & Materials Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry), as well as Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Seminars & Events.


I-ChEM - Illinois Chemistry Experience for Minorities

Event Type
Department of Chemistry
Sep 30, 2023   10:00 am - 12:30 pm  
Originating Calendar
Chemistry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign is hosting a virtual recruitment event on Saturday, September 30, 2023, targeted towards juniors, seniors, post-baccalaureate, and Masters students of color underrepresented in the chemical sciences. Specifically, we would like to extend an invitation to those interested in pursuing a PhD in Chemistry.

Participants will learn about the research conducted in the six chemistry areas at Illinois Chemistry; organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, chemical biology, materials, and analytical. They will also be able to network with current graduate students, including meeting with members of our chemistry faculty.

The participants will learn about:

  • What fellowships are available for students in the chemical sciences
  • What constitutes a robust application to Illinois Chemistry
  • What programs are available to support students of color during their time at the University of Illinois

Applying to the University of Illinois is exciting because:

  • Both subject and general GREs are not required for admission into the program
  • There are various resources available for underrepresented students in chemistry
  • For underrepresented students, applying to our program is FREE through the Big 10 Academic Alliance


Please note all times are Central Time (CT)

Welcome Remarks
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Catherine J. Murphy, Professor of Chemistry, Interim Director of Beckman Institute
Dr. José Andino, Chemistry Diversity Committee Chair

Grad Program Overview and All You Need to Know About Applying to Illinois Chemistry
10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
A panel comprised of faculty from the admission committee will answer students' questions about applying to the program. Participants will learn about the fellowships available for underrepresented minorities in the chemical sciences, what constitutes a robust application to Illinois Chemistry, application fee waivers, GREs, etc.

*Break and transition to breakout rooms (10 min)*

Overview Talks and Discussions by Area of Chemistry
11:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Participants will learn about the research conducted in the six chemistry areas at Illinois Chemistry: organic, inorganic, physical, chemical biology, materials, and analytical.

*Break and transition to main room (10 min)*

Life at UIUC and Chambana
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
A panel comprised of graduate students of color from all the chemistry areas will share their life perspectives at UIUC and Chambana. They will share about the student organizations and resources available on campus to support students of color's career and professional development during their time at the University of Illinois. Also, participants will learn about the exciting happenings in Urbana-Champaign.

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