Procurement Department

We are happy to advise you on department, campus, and state purchasing policies and procedures.

Contact Us

School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Procurement Department
393 Morrill Hall, MC-119
505 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Fax: (217) 265-0927

Sara Bingaman, Senior Procurement and Financial Analyst
393 Morrill Hall
(217) 333-5226

Kimberlle Stillwell, Account Technician I
393 Morrill Hall
(217) 265-7660

Shari McKinney, Account Technician I
393 Morrill Hall
(217) 300-5318


Orders may be placed using the MCB online requisition form.

Request for Requisition

Request for Fisher Custom Oligos

Please be clear on the items you wish to order and to give us a description and explanation of what the item is for coding purposes. We will send the order back or contact you if this is not clear or if information is missing. Be sure to mark Molecular and Cellular Biology at the bottom of the order to ensure that the order is sent to our office.

Our department processes regular and standing purchase orders (PO), Central Stores orders, and orders using the University of Illinois credit card system (P-card).

Please feel free to call our office or send e-mail to check on any order you have processed through us. We will be glad to help you. Our office hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Please send all inquiries, corrections, or problems regarding your order to and not to any one of us personally. If you e-mail one of us personally and that person is out for the day, we would not know you had a question about your order. Please do not resubmit the order again with your corrections on the request for requisition as this may cause a duplication of your order.

Orders may be placed for any product or service. Our goal is to process your order the day we receive it. An order may take longer if more information is required for the proper placing of the order or if there are problems with the vendor and their inventory. Most items can be shipped within two days if the merchandise is in stock. Please be advised that time zones and deadlines for shipping play a role in your order being shipped in a timely fashion. Many vendors have a shipment cut-off time for that day's orders, some as early as noon.

Let us know if you have a radioisotope order and if there is a continuous order previously arranged for your use. Also please provide the permit holder name and the permit number. After we process your radioisotope orders we will consider the order received on the date you should receive your order unless you contact us with any problems.

If you receive a final quote from a supplier with whom you are working, you may fax it to us at (217) 265-0927 or hand-carry it to our office in 388 Morrill Hall. If you receive a verbal quote please make sure you give us the name of the person at the company who gave you the quote. We will make sure your written final quote is faxed with your order to the University of Illinois Purchasing Department for expedition. If we receive a quote for an item we will have to assume it is the final quote and place the order. All orders are electronically faxed to the company unless otherwise specified, or an attachment/order form needs to be sent with the purchase order, in which case we will manually fax your order to the vendor. Please provide prices and or any discount or special pricing you received from the vendor.

We can help you resolve shipping problems or back orders with the vendors, and arrange for returns and replacements on incorrect or damaged orders.

When orders are picked up personally you need to provide us with the receipt, invoice, or packing slip so that we can complete the paperwork on your order. If your order is received through our storeroom, they will provide us with the paperwork to complete your order.