Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities

Opportunities Abound

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois is committed to encouraging a diverse and supportive environment in chemistry, where every student is provided with the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in their chemical career.  Our track record speaks for itself: in 1916, St. Elmo Brady graduated from our department and became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. degree in the U.S.  In 1993, we started our Merit Workshops for Emerging Scholars, a program aimed at increasing the retention rates of Latinos, African-Americans, women and other underrepresented groups.  Currently, we have established a multi-tiered teacher-mentor system modelled after the Merit Program for our graduate program as well. 

Chemistry at Illinois has developed and/or supported many programs aimed at fostering the development of all future chemists in our department.  For more information on all the opportunities Chemistry at Illinois has to offer, please check out the links and pages listed below. 

If you have any questions about the opportunities for underrepresented minorities that Chemistry at Illinois has to offer, please feel free to contact us

Featured Opportunities

Women In Chemistry Program
Women in Chemistry (WIC) programs encourage and foster the educational and professional success of women at all levels in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois.

Women Chemists Committee
The ACS East Central Illinois Women Chemists Committee was founded in the fall of 2005 to promote the development of women in the chemical sciences. With the support of our local ACS chapter and the University of Illinois Chemistry department, we have planned events that include professional and social opportunities that benefit graduate students, faculty, staff, and undergraduates.

NOBCChE: National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
NOBCChE was established to maintain and support programs that assist minority scientists in realizing their academic and professional potential.

SACNAS: Society for the Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science
SACNAS is a professional organization aimed at encouraging minorities, especially Native Americans and Latinos to pursue graduate studies in science/technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) sciences. On campus, the group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. For more information on the local SACNAS UIUC Chapter, visit, email, or join on Facebook at

For a full list of all opportunities supported and provided by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, please view our Full Program List.