Graduate Chemistry Diversity

Student in lab About Us

THE CHEMISTRY GRADUATE DIVERSITY OFFICE supports the Department’s mission of training the next generation of scientists and is committed to developing underrepresented groups within the scientific talent pool. Originally begun as the Women in Chemistry program, this office has expanded its scope to address issues of recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minorities at the graduate level in the chemical sciences. Diversity initiatives include:

  • Promoting professional development through seminars and workshops
  • Supporting efforts of local organizations promoting the advancement of women and minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Providing networking opportunities with other scientists and engineers at the university and with University of Illinois alumni
  • Offering professional development support and mentoring

The goal of the office is to foster the academic and professional success of a diverse student body in the Department of Chemistry.


Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, please see the Graduate Diversity Events Calendar.


Graduate Resources

The Chemistry Graduate Diversity Office serves as a resource to recruit, retain and advance graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. To learn more about the exciting opportunities available to graduate students, please check out the Graduate Resources brochure and the Organizations link.


Graduate Diversity Contact
Recruiting, Developing, Promoting STEM Talent

Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus
Director of Graduate Diversity
Department of Chemistry
113 Noyes Laboratory
MC-712, Box D-1
600 South Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801

email: ealthaus@illinois.edu
phone: (217) 244-1259
fax: (217) 244-5943

About the Director

Ellen AlthausAfter completing her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College (1989), Dr. Althaus received her MS (1991) and PhD (1995) in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University under the direction of Professor Thomas O’Halloran. She began her teaching career as a visiting assistant professor at Wheaton College, IL and then visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Currently, Dr. Althaus is the Director of Graduate Diversity in the Department of Chemistry - originally the Women in Chemistry Program, which she proposed and launched in 2006. Dr. Althaus also holds a dual appointment as Director of the Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at the Graduate College.