Elise Marie McCarren

 Elise McCarren

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
2026 Chemistry Annex
601 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL, 61801
Director, Chemistry Merit Program; Lecturer


Elise McCarren is the Director of the Chemistry Merit Workshop Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned both her B.S. and M.S. in the Teaching of Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She is also an instructor for Chemistry 101, Introductory Chemistry. Prior to joining the chemistry faculty, Elise taught high school chemistry and physics for five years in southern Illinois and at University High School in Normal, Illinois. Elise is a National Board Certified Teacher for Early Adolescent and Young Adult Science (chemistry) and has been named on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” multiple times.

Distinctions / Awards

  • List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020


  • Chemistry 101