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Hands-On Experience

Would you like to do chemistry, not just read about it? IIT chemistry is right for you. Get into the lab with professors and put chemistry to work. Innovate, experiment, and push the boundaries of what’s possible.

As an undergraduate, you’ll have the opportunity to join your professors in their research. Examples include: 

Faculty research is funded by the National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of Health (NIH), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Rush University, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Army,  and other organizations.

Students may do research during the school year or between terms. The College of Science provides $5,000 stipends to select undergraduates to do research with professors for 10 weeks during the summer. Examples of past undergraduate chemistry research with faculty includes the work of:

  • Chris Kalnmals, Ethan Chang, and Tom Vukson with Assistant Professor Unni on research in asymmetric catalysis, or catalyzing the formation of one mirror image of a molecule over the other, and the synthesis of natural products, or making small, potentially therapeutic molecules found in nature from scratch. More »
  • John Clark with Assistant Professor Minh on research in computational methods for predicting binding affinities between proteins and small molecules. More »
  • Emily Mick with Professor Chong on NIH-funded cancer research making fluorescent iron-depleting agents for cancer therapy and imaging. More »