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

Department News

Learning Assistant Applications for Spring 2017

The Learning Assistant (LA) program is expanding to include biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics.  LAs are undergraduates who facilitate learning in STEM classes. 

APPLY NOW to be an LA in Spring 2017.For more information on the LA program or to apply, click here.

LAs Young and Sanders

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


Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Programs

Welcome back to all our students.  Below are Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies students who participated in summer research programs.  Ask them about their exciting research experiences.

StudentResearch InstitutionProject
Fidel AmezucuaNorth Dakota State UniversitySTEM education research investigating impacts of LA programs

Calvin Powell, Shanice Brown, and Keenan Lambert

CERN in Geneva, SwitzerlandDetector work and data analysis for ALICE experiment
Denzel TuckerUniversity of IowaAstrophysics research with VERITAS group
Chietha MooreMickey-Leland Energy Fellowship Program, Pittsburgh, PA Synthesis of ionic liquids into polymers.
Anthony ColemanUniversity of ChicagoExperimental and theoretical elementary particle physics
Reginald Adams and Jeremy WebbUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoEngineering research
Christopher Mallares and Breauna Smothers Nicholson Argonne National LaboratoryComputational Chemistry
Muriel McClendon

Moi University, University of Eldoret, Kenya and University of Notre Dame

Paper Analytical Devices for the detection of antimalarial drugs
Ashley Walker

Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia

Understanding neutral hydrogen using telescopic data.
Students attend Women in Physics Conference

Physics students Tasha Williams, Kiara Fenner, and Angela Moore and their faculty advisor Dr. Mel Sabella attended  the 2015 Conference on Undergraduate Women in Physics at Purdue University.   Tasha, Kiara, and Angela presented their research in High Energy Physics and Science Education.

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 club (NOBCChE), a physics club (Society of Physics Students), and are starting a student chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. 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.

Dr. Garcia, Karen, and Chann at CERNKiara presenting her poster at ACS confernce to Dr. Mardis
Dr. Garcia with his research students Karen and Chaan who conducted particle physics research at CERN in Switzerland in Summer 2011.Dr. Mardis watches on as Kiara presents her research at the American Chemical Society National Conference in San Diego, CA in March 2012.

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. The science education portal provides information on science education initiatives in the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Studies and the Department of Biological Sciences. Click here for "CSU Teach Science."

For more information on careers see click on "Students and Alumni."


Interested in an internship?  The department compiles information about potential internships in the city and the nation available to chemistry and physics students.  Click here for the internship web site.

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.

Scholarship and stipend programs

Scholarships are available for chemistry and physics undergraduates who are new to CSU.  Click here for more information on the S-STEM 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)


Contact Information:

Dr. Edmundo Garcia, Department Chair
309 Williams Science Building
Chicago State University
9501 South King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Voice: 773-995-2180
Fax: 773-995-3809

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