C² - Chemistry through Community

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C² aims to foster excellence in chemical science at Illinois. The initiative targets undergraduate chemistry majors from underrepresented groups (African American, LatinX, and Native American). By partnering with graduate student mentors and holding

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.

monthly networking and professional development events, C2 brings together chemistry faculty and students to build a community of scholars in which diversity and excellence thrive at Illinois Chemistry.

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


Monthly C2 Events

The format of events as they are scheduled each month will consist of two segments: Networking and Food at 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., allowing participants to talk with their mentors, make new friends, meet professors, and eat free food, followed by Professional Development at 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Topics may include workshop activities, panel speakers, and award presentations.

Professional Development Activities for Fall 2021

3M Summer Scholars Research Presentations

5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. November 16, 2021, 157 Noyes Lab
Undergraduate 3M Summer Scholars Jared Buabeng and Kevin Herrera will present their research. Buabeng worked in professor Brendan Harley's lab, and Herrera worked in chemistry professor Lisa Olshansky's lab.

Side by side head shots of Buabong and Herrera


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