CSU is part of QuarkNet. This program supported in part by the National Science Foundation
and the DoE’s Office of High Energy Physics. It is an outreach project, designed to
promote science among high school students and teachers. Through QuarkNet our group
extends our experiences to high schools in the area.During the last three years we
have been mentors for Thornton South and Brooks High School for Chicago’s QuarkNet
program and together with the University of Illinois at Chicago we co-manage Chicago’s
QuarkNet network. Our activities have included workshops, directed research on cosmic
ray experiments, and visits with high school students to CSU, Adler Planetarium and
Fermi Lab. Our group has had the opportunity to share research experiences,so that
the combination of QuarkNet and the ALICE research program constitutes a tool of science
divulgation and recruitment into STEM disciplines.
Each year faculty and CSU science majors participate in Science Fair Central- South
in a program to help Chicago Area elementary, middle, and high school students prepare
for the annual science fair. The department of Chemistry and Physics has been organizing
and hosting the event for over ten years and brings in students, parents and teachers
from around the city to talk about possible topics, safety rules, error analysis and
everything you need to know to be successful for the science fair.
CSU hosted Science Fair Central- South on October 19, 2013. Click here for more information on Science Fair Central- South and links to the city science fair and science fair resources. Many members of the
department also serve as Science Fair judges at the area fair held each January at
The Chemistry and Physics Programs host a number of visits to the University and the
Department. The Area 24/25 Science Fair Program takes place every year at Chicago
State University (CSU). About 70 - 120 students from about 15 different schools in
the area compete in the regional fair by presenting their science projects. While
they are on campus, the Chemistry and Physics department organize an intercampus tour
for the students where they visit about 10 different departments in the colleges of
Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy. We take advantage of this event to introduce our campus
to high school students and provide exposure to cutting edge research conducted by
the CSU faculty and students. The department is happy to host groups of HS students to visit the campus, tour our
new teaching labs which are among the very best in the country and visit our research
Each year the CSU National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars host between twenty and
forty middle school students from Ashburn School, located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood,
to engage in an afternoon of science. Lessons developed by CSU Noyce Scholars, who
are preparing to be high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Teachers, develop
an activity and implement the activity with the students.
Chicago State University also has a collaboration with two Chicago Area Teachers through
its American Physical Society PhysTEC Program to recruit and prepare the next generation
of Physics Teachers. During the program CSU Physics Majors work with the teachers
to develop a lesson they then implement in the High Schools. This collaboration has
led to a number of CSU students choosing to major in physics teaching and has led
to a paper published in The Physics Teacher where the authors are CSU faculty and the two collaborating teachers.
Dr. Kim Coble is an associate professor of physics at Chicago State University and
also a volunteer mentor with young women involved in Project Exploration's Sisters4Science
||Dr. Coble and her student K’Maja Bell from Mother McAuley HS were featured in the
Business section of the Chicago Sun Times. You can check out some pictures, read the story, and see a video. at l. The article focuses on getting women into science. K' Maja Bell, 16, has
been involved in Project Exploration since she was in the 7th grade.
Thursday, June 21, 2012, picture by Brian Jackson~Chicago Sun-Times
Associate Chemistry Professor Dr. Bob LeSuer is the President of the Southeast Environmental Task Force which seeks environmental protection and remediation, sustainable development, and
educational outreach in the Lake Calumet region.