• In our effort to promote diversity in the Chemical Sciences, AJA initiated the outreach program VISCUS = Vivifying Scientific Curiosity for Underrepresented undergraduate Students. Through this program, (female, African-American, Native American and Hispanics) students will receive personal development, teamwork, leadership and advanced lab (STEM research) skills that will help them be prepared and become successful in future endeavors. VISCUS Scholars will be trained in AJA and colleagues lab at IIT. Students who want to participate in this program should email Jean-Luc [email]

  • Two new undergraduate students have been accepted in the VISCUS Program: Melisa Alkan (Senior) and Paulina Kulyavtsev (Freshman) will be working in AJA Lab under the mentorship of Postdoc Manoj.
  • Former VISCUS scholar Jomana Hatahet graduated with a B. Sc. degree in May 2017. She will be enrolling in a graduate program in 2018.

  • SCIENCE CAFÉ: AJA will be organizing biweekly lectures, with supports from WISER and Sigma Xi IIT Chapter every summer in the Bronzeville community. The goals of the science café initiative are to: (1) encourage/invite the faculty at IIT to present cutting edge scientific research to non-academics, (2) foster debates and camaraderie between academics and non-academics, and (3) inform the Bronzeville community on the current state of STEM Research and its outcomes for all.