Welcome to the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies

Apply now to CSU's Chi Sci Scholarship Program!

Interested in pursuing a career in STEM?  Students interested in exploring a major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Physics with Bioscience Applications, Engineering Physics or Chemistry/Physics Secondary Education, are encouraged to apply!

This scholarship funded by the National Science Foundation provides tuition support at CSU, a paid summer program and weekend retreat, opportunities for early research experience, a mentoring program, and much more! 

Department News

Felicia DavenportFelicia Davenport (physics major in picture right) and Prof. Mel Sabella have been appointed to the nine member Learning Assistant Alliance Leadership Council, which includes faculty and staff from colleges and universities around the country. In November, they attended 2017 International Learning Assistant Conference at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Felicia served on two panels at the conference, co-presented a session on LA Weekly Preparation, presented a poster at the conference, and met with the Alliance NSF Grant Advisory Board.


Students in the introductory physicsDrs. Pittman, Harton, Peters, Sabella, and Akujieze were awarded a National Science Foundation grant for their project

Connecting Physics and Engineering through a Modernization of the Advanced Laboratory Curriculum. The grant will provide $298,727.00 to implement student-centered experiments and activities that integrate physics and engineering.

(Students in the introductory physics sequence using PhET simulations.)


Learning Assistants

LAs Candace Young and Dwayne SandersThe CSU Learning Assistant (LA) program is currently in biology, chemistry, engineering , computer science  mathematics, and physics.  LAs are undergraduates who facilitate learning in STEM classes.

We are now taking applications for new and returning LAs for  Spring 2018.

(LAs Candace Young and Dwayne Sanders work through an inquiry lesson on circuits.)

Apply here!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Programs

Below are Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies students who participated in summer research programs Summer 2017.  Ask them about their exciting research experiences!

StudentInstitutionResearch Area
Fidel AmezcuaRochester Institute of TechnologyChemistry Education Research
Evan CadichonUniversity of ChicagoNuclear Physics
Anthony ColemanUniversity of ChicagoNuclear Physics
Felicia DavenportRochester Institute of TechnologyPhysics Education Research
Andrew HuffUniversity of Southern MississippiPolymer Chemistry
Keenan LambertNotre Dame UniversityNuclear Physics
Christopher MallaresUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChemical Engineering
Donielle MillerCERN (Geneva, Switzerland)Nuclear Physics
Nicolette SandersNorth Carolina State UniversityIntegrated Computational and Experimental Chemistry
Mackenzie StewartUniversity of ChicagoNuclear Physics
Travante ThompsonCERN (Geneva, Switzerland)Nuclear Physics
Ashley WalkerHarvard UniversityAstrochemistry
Kendall WallaceTILT at CSUBiochemistry

Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at CSU

The Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Physics, as well as courses in physical science and a foundational program for further study in engineering. Our students have a chemistry (NOBCChE) and physics (Society of Physics Students) clubs. We've implemented innovations in teaching and assessment, and we maintain active research programs. Check out some of our photos, and meet our faculty and staff.

 Physics students Travante Thompson and Donielle Miller  Christopher Mallares
Physics students Travante Thompson and Donielle Miller went to CERN in Switzerland summer 2017 to work with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Harton on high-energy particle physics.Christopher Mallares presents his research on computational chemistry.  He works with Dr. Mardis to understand the structures of molecules that can be used in solar cells.

 Mentoring and Careers

Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies students seeking mentoring on choosing courses, joining a research group, and careers should contact the departmental office (x2180) to be connected to a faculty member who can assist.  The department is also very active in pre-service and in-service teacher education.  For more information on careers see click on "Students and Alumni."

Scholarship and stipend programs

Scholarships are available for chemistry and physics undergraduates who are new to CSU.  Click here for more information on the Chi Sci Scholarship program.

Scholarship programs are available for motivated students seeking to further their careers in science.  For instance, MBRS provides support for undergraduates who plan to pursue graduate degrees. Click here for Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)

Applying to be a Learning Assistant is an excellent way to deepen your content knowledge and communication skills while exploring teaching.  Click here for more Learning Assistants Program.

Contact Information:

Dr. Austin Harton, Department Chair 
309 Williams Science Building 
Chicago State University 
9501 South King Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60628-1598 
Voice: 773-995-2847 
Fax: 773-995-3809

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