Welcome to the University of Illinois REACT Program!


Do you like working with children? Do you want to be a reason why chemistry is fun and interactive for children? And for all James Scholar students, do you want to earn honors credit (without having to write essays)? Then we are a perfect fit! 

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This semester we are holding Zoom visits with 3rd, 4th, and middle school classrooms within a 30-mile radius. Supplies and worksheets will be delivered to the classrooms by a R.E.A.C.T. board member, and R.E.A.C.T. volunteers will guide the students through chemistry experiments over Zoom! We are also planning various special events, including a polymer-themed exhibit at Engineering Open House! All volunteers will be assigned to events throughout the semester, so keep an eye out for an email from us! It may take 2-3 months until you are assigned, but please contact us if you have any concerns about your event  assignment. Once assigned, you will be sent information about the event, instructions for attending a training session over Zoom, and (likely) a pre-visit Google Form to complete before the training session. There will be additional instructions for honors students in the assignment email.

Orientations will be held in Room 161 of Noyes Laboratory on Wednesday and Thursday, February 2nd and 3rd at 5:30pm for general chemistry students and anyone not in a chemistry course, and at 6:30pm for organic chemistry students. You only need to attend one of these days. All majors are welcome! We will be holding orientations over Zoom simultaneously in case you prefer to attend online, so please email thereactprogram@gmail.com for the Zoom information. Missed orientations but still want to volunteer and/or receive honors credit? Contact us!

If you no longer plan to continue as a REACT volunteer throughout the duration of the semester, or have any schedule changes (add/drop course/work), please inform us by sending an email addressing any decision. (Note: If you are an honors student and plan to no longer continue, you will not earn credit.)


Website for the REACT organic program

You may find deadlines and instructions for the organic projects at our wiki page.

If you are an organic chemistry student, please email with any questions.

Have any questions? Feel free to email us.

We look forward to working with you!