Information on departmental scholarships is distributed by the Department of Chemistry staff to declared majors just prior to pre-registration for the next semester, along with their faculty mentor's name, e-mail and office location. In addition, the department advertises available scholarships by posting informational flyers and delivering information via mentors.
The University maintains a database of scholarship opportunities. Following are some scholarship and employment opportunities for students in the Department of Chemistry.
The Shulman Scholarship is awarded to select incoming and continuing Chemistry majors. Contact the Department for the latest application information.
The James "Ben" Sedgwick Scholarship is awarded annually to an advanced undergraduate student or a graduate student with an interest in physical or computational chemistry.
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program provides a scholarship award plus tuition and fee waivers for up to two years to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students studying biology, chemistry, or mathematics teacher preparation programs. In return, recipients will commit to teach at least two years in a Chicago Public School (CPS).
There are numerous college-wide scholarship opportunities that are available as well.
Financial support is available through the Chemistry Club for travel to professional meetings and for undergraduate research projects. Such support is reserved for students doing undergraduate research. The amount and number of awards depend on the availability of funds.
Many Chemistry majors earn extra money working as private tutors. Students (both majors and non-majors) in chemistry courses at Illinois State Unversity, Heartland Community College, and local high schools often seek help with their studies.
Each semester the Department hires several undergraduate students to serve as teaching assistants for a laboratory class. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis, and are excellent opportunities to teach side‐by‐side with a faculty member.
Undergraduate students who are interested in serving as teaching assistants are invited to apply at the Chemistry Office located in 214 Julian Hall. Students must have a strong GPA in the chemical sciences and at least two references from Chemistry faculty.
A limited amount of undergraduate research assistantships are available to students in their third or fourth year. Only certain professors with externally‐funded research grants can provide this support.
A limited number of work‐study students are employed in the Department, usually to help in the Chemisty Storeroom. Generally, students must have completed first‐year of chemistry to be eligible.