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

CSU Chemistry and Physics in the News

Physic Professor Mel Sabella was selected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Chemistry major Candace Young was featured in an article on Project SYNCERE which seeks to encourage underrepresented Chicago youth into engineering.

Recent Physics alumnae Felicia Davenport, who is currently a doctoral student Georgia Institute of Technology, was featured in the Chicago's Black Women in STEAM Series at Adler Planetarium.

Ashley Walker, chemistry major with a focus on astro-chemistry, has also been profiled in the STEAM Series at Adler Planetarium. 

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.

Applications for Spring 2020 LAs will open soon.

(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 2019.  Ask them about their exciting research experiences!

Student Institution Research Area
Sharely Batista Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL X-Ray Science Division
Jasher Garbutt University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Bioanalytical Chemistry
Lorenzo Jackson Chicago State University Laboratory Foundations
LaTaysha James Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY Nanoscale Spectroscopy
Angela Johnson University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Chemical and biomolecular engineering
William Llanos University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC Electrochemistry
Isaiah Morgan CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Particle Physics
Ryan Stempek CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Particle Physics
Tiffany Tucker Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY Nanomaterials
Ashley Walker Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Astrochemistry

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. Edmundo Garcia, Department Chair 

309 Williams Science Building 

Chicago State University 

9501 South King Dr. 

Chicago, IL 60628-1598 

Voice: 773-995-2325

Fax: 773-995-3809

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