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.


2023 St. Elmo Brady Postdoctoral Inclusive Excellence Symposium

A committee comprised of faculty and students in the department will select speakers for a visit on June 2, 2023. The symposium will be in-person and occurs over the period of a single day and will include the following events

  • breakfast with students
  • meetings with selected Illinois faculty, staff, students and postdocs
  • lunch with faculty
  • a department tour
  • a short research presentation
  • an optional career meeting with our career services staff
  • an optional review of your research proposal by faculty members
  • a reception for all participants

All travel expenses for selected participants will be covered. We look forward to your application! The deadline is Feb. 15, 2023. 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.


Inaugural 2021 SEBPIES speakers: