Eastern Illinois University is a public comprehensive university located in Charleston, IL, which is about 50 miles south of Champaign-Urbana and less than 150 miles from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. Eastern enrolls about 10000 students (undergraduate and graduate). The University has taken a leading role in making integrative learning a centerpiece of its academic mission. One manifestation of this is the recently constructed Renewable Energy Center, REC. The REC is the focal point for sustainable energy initiatives at Eastern and these are spearheaded by the interdisciplinary Center for Clean Energy Research and Education, CENCERE.
The chemistry department at Eastern is ACS accredited and offers BA and BS degrees plus a thesis-based MS degree. The department is comprised of 14 tenured/tenure-track faculty, and is home to about 70 undergraduate majors (all programs) and 10-12 graduate students. Undergraduate research is a longstanding tradition in our department and typically 25-30 undergraduates (majors and non-majors) are engaged in research throughout the academic year. The department has a full range of modern instruments and equipment to support research including three specialized instrumentation facilities that are unique to a primarily undergraduate institution: 1) microwave spectroscopy; 2) X-ray crystallography; 3) surface analysis (AFM).