The Chi Sci Scholars program at Chicago State University is funded by the National Science Foundation S-STEM Program. The goal of our program is to increase the number of students pursuing Chemistry or Physics degrees and encourage more students to think of themselves as scientists. Chemistry and Physics Majors who are accepted into the Program receive tuition support at CSU, engage in a summer program and retreat, participate in early research experiences, engage in a peer and faculty mentoring program, receive funding to support travel to attend conferences and present research, and explore graduate programs, teaching careers, and careers in scientific research. One notable achievement of this program has been its success at helping the scholars’ develop their own self-perceptions as scientists.
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Assembly Fellow: Sharely Batista (she/her/hers)
Network Fellow: Fidel Amezcua (he/him/his)
My name is Fidel Amezcua and I am a senior chemistry major attending Chicago State University. Presently I’m a Learning Assistant for the Analytical Chemistry II course. As an LA and student leader I strive to help in science courses by contributing my time in and outside of the classroom to better support student understanding and student outcomes. I’m also a student journalist for the CSU Honors College newspaper – The Cougar Chronicle. I’ve had the luxury to participate in two REU’s focused on education research. I’m also part of an education research team at my home institution which is mentored by Dr. Mel Sabella. In the near future I aspire to continue to further increase my knowledge and continue my education in Chemistry to obtain a graduate degree. Earning the title of Dr. Amezcua will be an honor, not only for me, but for my family because I’ll be the first person to earn that merit.
Nicolette Sanders, Network Fellow 2017
Chietha Moore, Network Fellow 2016