Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois supports outreach opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to benefit our program participants as well as our students and faculty.
Creating a pipeline to STEM success
We create and encourage outreach programs to expand and diversify the STEM pipeline from elementary through graduate school and beyond.
- St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is an after-school program established by the department that empowers middle school youth who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
- Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) is a week-long summer camp that provides high school girls with opportunities to explore engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contact with women in technical fields.
- WYSE High School Summer Camp is designed to provide STEM-interested students the opportunity to experience advanced curricula at The Grainger College of Engineering, one of the best engineering schools in the nation and the world.
- Multicultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) invites a group of prospective graduate students, including women and people from diverse cultural backgrounds and all physical abilities, to explore programs in The Grainger College of Engineering.
- We also attend meetings held by the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science, and other DEI student organizations to recruit graduate students.
Food Drive Challenge
The Eastern Illinois Foodbank exists to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies. The Foodbank acquires millions of pounds of food and grocery product through purchase or donation and distributes it across our network of more than 160 feeding programs.
The annual ChBE Food Drive Challenge is a competition between research groups for the chance to win bragging rights and earn the right to hold the perpetual trophy for the next year. In addition, each donation grants entry to a charity raffle with prizes from local restaurants.
In 2020, the Su group took home the trophy with a total of 1266 points, followed by the Kenis group with 777 points, and the Guironnet group who placed third with 451 points.
“The Su group was very excited about the event, and jumped in with 110 percent effort as an opportunity to make a difference and get everyone together in a team outreach event!” said Xiao Su, a chemical and biomolecular engineering professor. “We are happy to contribute to our community, and also represent our department.”
Check out the 'Engineer Guy'
Our department is home to the Engineer Guy YouTube channel with over a million subscribers and nearly seventy million views. Engineer Guy creator and professor Bill Hammack is a master of science communications, known around the world his videos that delve into the engineering principles behind everything from the engineering behind LCD monitors to ballpoint pens.
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