C² - Chemical Science through Community

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The goal of the C² program is to foster excellence in chemical sciences at Illinois. Undergraduate Chemistry and Chemical Engineering majors from underrepresented groups (African American, LatinX, and Native American) are encouraged to apply. By partnering with graduate student mentors and engaging in monthly networking and professional development events, Cbrings together faculty and students from the School of Chemical Sciences to build a community of scholars in which diversity and excellence thrive.

Monthly professional development workshops and networking events are combined with one-on-one peer mentorship, and student affiliates are also eligible to apply for Summer Research Scholarships sponsored by the 3M Corporation and competitive Travel Awards to present their research at National conferences such as NOBCChESACNAS, and ABRCMS.

Program Contacts: Lisa Olshansky, lolshans@illinois.eduPatricia Simpson, plblum@illinois.edu; Josè Andino Martinez, andinoma@illinois.edu; Damien Guironnet, guironne@illinois.edu; Tepora Su'a, tsua@illinois.edu  


Monthly C2 Events

Monthly events generally include a Networking and Food segment, giving participants an opportunity to talk with their mentors, make new friends, meet professors, and eat free food. And that's generally followed by a Professional Development segment, featuring things like workshop activities, panel speakers, and award presentations.

Professional Development Activities for Spring 2023

February 13 — Career Chat

What: Learn from Tepora Su’a, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for the School of Chemical Sciences, and Mariana Lencina, Technology Manager at the Office of Technology Manager, about higher education careers outside of faculty roles. Plus, a second opportunity for students to sign up for the mentor program.
Where:  Roger Adams Laboratory (RAL) 116/117


 March 22 – Community Building Activity

What: Join us to blow off steam and come bowling!
Where: Illini Union Bowling Alley


April 20 – Awards Symposium

What: Celebrate 3M Summer Scholars, Mentor of the Year, and Travel Awardees
Where: RAL 116/117


Upcoming Deadlines

Travel Awards and 3M Summer Scholars Applications due March 24. Learn more.



Chart showing how C² - Chemistry through Community - plans to help with Networking, Research Opportunities and Professional Development