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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. Additionally, Illinois Tech students gain hands-on learning experiences through Elevate, a university-wide program boosting students' career possibilities through guaranteed internships and research opportunities as well as customized career plans.

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.

Sana Basheer

Called to Medicine

Sana Basheer (BCHM '21) discovered her passion for medicine at Illinois Tech.

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Will Blodgett

Chemistry, But Make It Green

Will Blodgett (CHEM, CHE, M.S. CHEM 5th Year), discusses his green chemistry research exploring how water can work as a solvent.

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Olurotimi “Timi” Akindele

Dedicated to Public Service

Alumnus Olurotimi “Timi” Akindele (PS ’15) is applying his social sciences education in the career he is building in the federal government.

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Rakshya Khatiwada

Head in the Stars

Rakshya Khatiwada, who joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor in 2020 and holds a dual appointment as an associate scientist at Fermilab, will launch a new quantum computing course at Illinois Tech in spring 2022.

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Sissi Zhang

Studying Gut Microbiomes to Understand Prediabetes

Illinois Institute of Technology researcher and alumna Xuhuiqun “Sissi” Zhang (Ph.D. FDSN ’20) has found that young and middle-aged adults with prediabetes have an altered gut microbiome composition that impacts their metabolic health.

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Alex Damarjian

A Video Game That Is Also a Vision Test

Alex Damarjian (Ph.D. Technology and Humanities Candidate) used his video game design skills to develop a Nintendo 3DS game capable of testing children’s vision.

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Elizabeth Dougherty

Exploring the Link Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health

Clinical psychology Ph.D. student Elizabeth Dougherty has been recognized for her research investigating the connection between mental health and eating disorders.

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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