St. Elmo Brady Postdoctoral Inclusive Excellence Symposium

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois created the St. Elmo Brady Postdoctoral Inclusive Excellence Symposium (SEBPIES) series in 2020. The initiative provides a forum for a diverse group of postdocs interested in pursuing research faculty positions. This symposium is in honor of St. Elmo Brady, who in 1916 became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States when he graduated from the University of Illinois. The purpose of this award is recognizing that a commitment to diversity initiatives can play a significant role in furthering the inclusion of underrepresented groups in advanced STEM careers. Learn more about St. Elmo Brady.


Information for the 2024 SEBPIES Seminars


St. Elmo Brady Postdoctoral Inclusive Excellence Symposium

A committee comprised of faculty and students in the department will select speakers for the annual event in June. The symposium will be in-person and occurs over the period of a single day and will include the following events:

  • Dinner with UIUC Chemistry postdocs
  • Breakfast with UIUC Chemistry assistant professors
  • Meetings with select UIUC Chemistry faculty
  • Meeting with UIUC SCS career services
  • Lunch with UIUC Chemistry students
  • One-hour research presentation
  • Reception for all participants
  • Dinner with the UIUC Chemistry Diversity Committee

All travel expenses for selected participants will be covered. We look forward to your application! The deadline for the June 2025 event is TBD. The application must include a CV or résumé, an abstract for your talk, and a letter of recommendation from an advisor or other close science mentor. Apply here.


Previous SEBPIES speakers