Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at UIS is designed to prepare students for direct entry into the chemical profession or for further studies in graduate or professional programs.

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The department is accredited by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Professional Training.

Breaking News

June 22, 2016

The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved our new Biochemistry major! We will begin enrolling students in this major Fall 2016 (in just a couple months). Look for curriculum details under curriculum – Biochemistry Major.


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Student Focus

Hilary Rikli, graduate of the UIS Chemistry program receives UIS Master’s Thesis Award. Story about Master’s Thesis Award Winner – Hilary Rikli


Faculty Focus

  • Dr. Layne Morsch presented a poster titled “Lights, Camera, Science Action” at the 2016 ISTE(International Society for Technology in Education) along with colleagues and fellow Apple Distinguished Educators Rhoda Hahn and Maggie Mabery. A website was created to share the materials with other instructors (June 2016).
  • Dr. John Martin was part of a major collaborative team that recently published an article in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (March 2016).

Interacting supernovae and supernova impostors. LSQ13zm: an outburst heralds the death of a massive star.

  • Dr. Harshavardhan Bapat leads the team that brings kids to the UIS campus for Camp Invention (June 20-24, 2016) for a second year. They are encouraged to explore STEM fields with fun and creativity.
  • Read a recent (2016) article published in Peptides by Dr. Stephen Johnson.

A reexamination of poneratoxin from the venom of the bullet ant Paraponera clavata

  • Dr. Keenan Dungey (along with Dr. Michael Lemke from Biology) have written a chapter titled “Mike and Keenan’s Excellent Emiquon Adventure” in the book Chemistry for the Curious: Why Study Chemistry. published in 2016 from The Curious Academic Publishing Co., Canberra (AU).