Two years ago, the Department of Chemistry established the St. Elmo Brady Scholars Program to provide summer research opportunities at Illinois for undergraduates from Tougaloo, Howard, Fisk, and Tuskegee universities, which all share an important legacy with UIUC.
The chemistry programs at these four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were founded by St. Elmo Brady, who graduated from Illinois in 1916 and was the first African American to receive a PhD in chemistry in the United States.
After a pause last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, the department has resumed the program this year with three scholars, who were nominated by faculty from their home institution. They are on campus at Illinois for 10 weeks of research.
Enleyona Weir, from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was the first Brady Scholar in the summer of 2019, and is now a new PhD student, who will begin her graduate career in August at Illinois chemistry.
Host Lab: Josh Vura-Weis
Undergraduate Institution: Spelman College
Host Lab: Lisa Olshansky
Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College
Host Lab: Wilfred van der Donk
Undergraduate Institution: Tuskegee University