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.

Food Drive Challenge

Each year, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering—in partnership with the ChBE Graduate Students Advisory Council (GSAC)—hosts a food drive to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

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.”

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We'd love for you to be a part of our annual food drive challenge and help us address hunger in our local area. 

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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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