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Lewis College of Science and Letters is home to seven academic departments and a multitude of research labs and centers working at the intersection of humanity and technology. Our academic programs are grounded in rigor and relevance, providing students special preparation to succeed in fields that require exceptional application of knowledge.

The college’s faculty and students engage in a wide variety of research-oriented programs. Both undergraduate and graduate students can find opportunities to conduct research on campus with a professor, or at nearby laboratories including Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. 

No matter which academic fields interest you, you will find yourself immersed in thought-provoking study and innovative research at Chicago’s only tech-focused university.

Enabling Minority Students to Explore Science

Illinois Tech Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jean-Luc Ayitou explores science by engaging his community. After joining Illinois Tech, Ayitou founded VISCUS (Vivifying Scientific Curiosity for Underrepresented Undergraduate Students) to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue graduate education and explore research opportunities.

How Video Games Can Help Kids Learn

Associate Professor of Digital Humanities and Media Studies Carly Kocurek explains how video games, even non-educational ones, can be used to help children learn. She also offers helpful tips for parents to deal with their kids’ outbursts surrounding screen time.

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Tackling Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

Associate Professor of Psychology Arlen Moller offers a course designed to give students the tools to explore this issue from a public health and communications perspective.

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A Breakthrough in Understanding Chlamydia

Chlamydia affects one in 20 Americans, making it one of the world’s most prevalent STDs. Oscar Juarez, assistant professor of biology, is closing in on methods to disrupt the growth of chlamydia.

Improving the City He Loves

As a first-generation college student at Illinois Tech, Allan Huang (CECD ’18) knew the challenges that can come with immigrating to a new country—his parents did it.

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Students test for bacteria on commercially prepared foods.

Advancing Food Science

Students within the food science and nutrition department gain real-world experience working with and conducting research for the United States Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the food industry.

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“I had great experience at Illinois Tech. I could do much more than just gain academic knowledge. I was able to participate and lead in student activities such as founding the food science club, getting elected as area rep for Midwest Region of Institute of Food Technologists Student Association student body, and many other IFT events. This led to an overall personality development and confidence that has helped me in achieving success.” 

—Gina Oberoi (B.S. BCHM/M.A.S. FST ’18)

Gian Oberoi

“The incredible people I met and the mentors I gained in my undergraduate time at Illinois Tech truly shaped the person I am today, and it continues to shape me as I progress through graduate school. I left my undergraduate career feeling confident that I could achieve anything I put my mind to, and that I had the skills to do so thanks to the university.”

—Melanie Standish (PSYC ’17, Ph.D. Industrial-Organizational Psychology Student)

Melanie Standish

“As a student, I was able to participate in some amazing opportunities, like becoming a research assistant for two professors, presenting research findings at symposiums, winning an entrepreneurial hackathon, studying in Japan, and attending a professional conference, among other things. These have been great talking points in interviews and at networking events. Perhaps the faculty at Illinois Tech would be the most unique aspect of the institution. The impact of these wonderful people on my life was immeasurable. Their confidence in me, an undergrad, helped me find my value and view it from a new perspective. They empowered me to be myself.”

—Amy Kamin (Digital Humanities ’18)

Amy Kamin