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 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

Networking & food from 5:30-6:15pm; talk to your mentor, make friends, meet professors, eat free food. Professional development from 6:15-7:30pm; workshop activities, panel speakers, student research award presentations.
Professional Development Activities for Fall 2021

September 7th: Welcome! Informational event

October 14th, 100 Noyes Lab: How to get into a
research lab – how to identify a lab, how to email
a professor (email drafting workshop), what to
 do if they don't respond, what to do if they say no

November 16th, 157 Noyes Lab: 3M Summer
Scholars Research Presentations


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.



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