Recently retired physics technician Ray Kajawa was selected by the the CSU Alumni Board as the 2012 Outstanding Staff Member of the Year. Ray Kajawa was nominated for the award by the entire department who greatly appreciated his years of service to the department and the science students of CSU. (seen helping students with electric circuits)
Virginia Hayes, CSU Noyce Scholar and future physics teacher was honored at 18th Annual Friends of CSU Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. The theme of the session was “Women in the business of Transforming Lives.” Virginia spoke about the importance of science teaching, the need to increase diversity in science and reflected on the obstacles she has overcome to obtain her degree. http://www.csu.edu/foundation/
(photo by EgamiPhotos Inc.)
Associate Professor Kristy Mardis was recently awarded a grant by the Illinois Space Grant Consortium for the project "Developing a Neural Network for Solar Cell Design." The grant will be used to fund student researchers using computational chemistry to investigate solar cell components.
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 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.
Chemistry majors desiring to set a time to meet with an advisor should use the chemistry advising site. Physics majors and Engineering Studies students should contact the departmental office (x2180) to be connected to the advisor on duty.
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.
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)
The department is also very active in pre-service and in-service teacher education. The science education portal, CSU Teach Science, provides Noyce Scholar and PhysTEC teacher education programs, as well as other science education initiatives. Click here for "CSU Teach Science.org"
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