College of LAS « Illinois

Chemistry

$5 Million Grant to Raise Chemical Literacy

National Science Foundation

The University of Illinois has received a $5 million grant to boost "chemical literacy" in rural Illinois high schools—an ambitious effort that will train high school instructors to teach chemical science using the latest computational and visualization tools.

The grant from the National Science Foundation establishes the Institute for Chemistry Literacy and Computational Sciences, bringing together the U. of I. Department of Chemistry in the College of LAS with the College of Medicine and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

"During these upcoming five years, the program will impact well over 18,000 high school students, especially those who want to pursue a career in the life sciences or medicine," says Paul Kelter, a chemistry professor and one of the co–principal investigators. "Chemistry is the key to these fields."

Fall/Winter 2006–07