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The Department of Chemistry is a vibrant community of learners and scholars that, through mentoring and collaborations, help our students achieve the highest possible success. At the undergraduate level, we seek to provide a high-quality, up-to-date learning experience that emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for students to work in all careers in the chemical sciences and/or to continue their education in chemistry, biochemistry, and related areas and professions. At the graduate level, we seek to provide advanced training that includes research carried out under the direction of faculty working at the frontiers of their fields. We also seek to provide non-majors with instruction in chemistry that contributes to their understanding of scientific principles and thereby helps produce well-educated citizens. We are committed to having programs of study, approaches to learning, and faculty expertise that meet the needs of our students.

The Department of Chemistry seeks private support that will enhance student learning and programs. Gifts to some of the funds listed help with recruitment and retention of talented students. Other funds focus on support for research for summer research funds for undergraduates and graduates or providing funds that allow improvements and upgrades to instruments and facilities.


Chemistry Department Excellence Fund

The Chemistry Department Excellence Fund provides general support for the activities, programs, and operations of the department. The Fund also helps provide new instrumentation, supports the visits of scholars, and supports local opportunities for presentation of research results by students.

Sol Shulman Scholarship
The Sol Shulman Scholarship was established in 1991 by Sol Shulman. The scholarship is typically awarded to outstanding incoming first-year students, majoring in Chemistry. The scholarship helps defray the rising costs of higher education for these talented students.

Mike Kurz Research Fellowship Award 
As former chair Dr. Michael Kurz said in his statement to create the graduate Research Fellowship that bears his name: “A key to the strength of our M.S. program over the years has been the year-round activity that our grad students put in towards completing their M.S. requirements and thesis research, which allows them to earn their degrees in a timely manner. The summer research atmosphere has traditionally been very strong.”The fellowship provides summer stipend support to M.S. students so that they may focus on conducting their thesis research in the laboratory of a Chemistry faculty member.

Undergraduate Chemistry Student Research Fund
The Undergraduate Summer Research Fund provides financial support for undergraduate students who are actively pursuing research activities under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry during the summer. Funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to undertake and complete research projects, support summer stipends, or to support students in disseminating the results of their research at professional conferences or professional publications.

Record-Breaker Challenge
This just in, Craig Reeser '75 wants to issue one final challenge. We will unlock a $250,000 planned commitment when we surpass 2,500 gifts before midnight tonight! Let’s do this 'Birds!
479 / 479 Gifts
Launch Challenge
Thank you to the first 500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to kick off Birds Give Back! Don’t forget to check with your employer to see if they match your gift!
500 / 500 Gifts
Momentum Challenge
Thank you to the 1000 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
College of Arts and Sciences Challenge
An anonymous alumna wants us to show our support for the College of Arts and Sciences. She will unlock $25,000 for student scholarships when we receive 150 gifts to the College or its departments today during Birds Give Back.
150 / 150 Gifts
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Multicultural Center 390
2 Athletics 355
3 LGBTQ+ Student Support 284
4 Communication 215
5 Redbird Esports 117
6 Accounting 79
7 Student Engagement 77
8 WGLT 73
9 Student Affairs Scholarships 72
10 Center for Civic Engagement 66
11 Support MCN priorities 60
12 Family and Consumer Sciences 59
13 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 59
14 School of Teaching and Learning 59
15 U-High 52
16 Student Scholarships 51
17 Alumni Association Scholarship 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 College of Business Excellence Fund 47
20 Special Education 47
21 Ewing Cultural Center 44
22 School of Music 42
23 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 39
24 Gamma Phi Circus 38
25 School of Theatre and Dance 38
26 Kinesiology and Recreation 35
27 CAST Student Persistence Fund 34
28 Vidette Digitization Project 34
29 Chemistry 32
30 Criminal Justice Sciences 30
31 Politics and Government 28
32 Finance, Insurance, and Law 28
33 Horticulture Center 27
34 Agriculture 25
35 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 25
36 Metcalf 24
37 Friends of the Arts 24
38 Educational Administration & Foundations 23
39 Technology 22
40 Information Technology 22
41 Marketing 21
42 Health Sciences 21
43 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
44 Biological Sciences 19
45 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
46 Military Science - ROTC 18
47 International House 18
48 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 17
49 History 17
50 More ways to support Milner Library 17
51 College of Education Persistence Awards 16
52 Creative Technologies Program 16
53 Mathematics 14
54 Sociology and Anthropology 13
55 CAST additional priorities 12
56 Communication Sciences and Disorders 12
57 Geography, Geology and the Environment 11
58 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 11
59 Physics 9
60 Social Work 9
61 Psychology 9
62 Management and Quantitative Methods 9
63 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 8
64 English 8
65 The Graduate School 8
66 University Galleries 6
67 Economics 4
68 International Business 3
69 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 2
70 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 1
71 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 0
72 Philosophy 0
Campus Community Challenge
Thanks to 250 faculty, staff, retiree donors for unlocking $10,000 during Birds Give Back!
250 / 250 Donors
Redbird Romance Challenge
Rod Sargeant '65, '67 wants to celebrate his Redbird romance and challenge us to reach our goal of 2,021 gifts to show Redbirds we’ve got their backs in 2021. He will unlock $25,000 to establish a scholarship in memory of his wife, Darlene Ann Sargeant '66 when we reach our goal today. Rod encourages you to make your gift in honor of, or in memory of, a Redbird you love.
521 / 521 Gifts
Football Alumni Challenge
Redbird football alumni Hank (’70, ’71) and Joan Guenther '69 will add $5,000 to support our strength and conditioning project when 5 other football alumni give $1,000 each to the effort today during Birds Give Back.
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