C² - Chemistry through Community

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The C² program is about undergraduate chemistry majors from underrepresented groups (African American, LatinX, and Native American) connecting with graduate student mentors from the chemistry PhD program, who are also from underrepresented groups, and with chemistry faculty at monthly networking events throughout the year to build a Community of Scholars in which diversity and excellence thrive in Illinois Chemistry.

Monthly professional development workshops and networking events are combined with one-on-one peer mentorship. Student affiliates are 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 NOBCChE, SACNAS, and ABRCMS.

Program Contacts: Lisa Olshansky, lolshans@illinois.eduElise McCarren, emccar2@illinois.eduPatricia Simpson, plblum@illinois.eduJoel Roberts, joelr3@illinois.eduJosè Andino Martinez, andinoma@illinois.edu

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Students stand outside Noyes laboratory, talking during a C2 event.
Undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Chemistry enjoy networking and food at the inaugural C² welcome event on Sept. 7, 2021, outside Noyes Laboratory.



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