Chi Sci Scholars, CSU


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 (2019): LaTaysha James (she/her/hers),

I am an undergraduate with a chemistry major at Chicago State University. As for research, I’ve been learning about DNA origami and working with the atomic force microscope (AFM). But I am opened to trying research in different fields. I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life, so I’m opened to traveling to get more experiences.

Network Fellow (2019): Sharely Batista (she/her/hers),

My name is Sharely Batista, I will be a junior in the fall, I am a student from Chicago State University. I am a Biochemistry major. I am currently involved in two research projects. The first project relates to understanding the effects of hydrogen position on the electronic properties of BIP including Functional Density Calculations to model the active site of photosynthesis II. The second project concerns genomic identification of parasite-infecting pangolins at the Brookfield Zoo.

Past Fellows:

Fidel Amezcua, Network Fellow 2018

Nicolette Sanders, Network Fellow 2017

Chietha Moore, Network Fellow 2016