Alumni & Friends

The MCB family

As an Illinois and MCB graduate, not only are you are part of an excellent academic tradition, you’re part of a global, loyal, and supportive family. No matter where you go, chances are there's a fellow Illini nearby, ready to answer your call of “ILL-.” As you go out and change the world, keep in touch. We love hearing from alumni!

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Leading the way. Together.

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Make a gift

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Your support can truly make an impact. Consider providing support for the following initiatives.

  • Scholarships and fellowships for outstanding undergraduate students, such as the BEST Scholarship and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).
  • Graduate fellowships to attract and retain our dedicated and creative PhD students
  • Named chairs, professorships, and professorial scholars to recruit and retain world-renowned faculty
  • Visiting lectures
  • Outreach programs

 

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Volunteer your time

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Connect with our inspiring students

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Whether you have an hour to talk about your profession for a virtual discussion or several days a year to mentor a student interested in your career path, we’d love to connect with you again.

Become a mentor

Be a guest speaker at an upcoming career talk

Volunteer as judge at our research symposium

Stay in touch

The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology sends an e-newsletter to alumni and friends four times a year and some of our department mail print newsletters to alumni.

Your alumni community

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When the School of MCB was formally created in 2000, some units changed their names and others joined us from the School of Chemical Sciences. Whether you are a recent graduate or a friend of the School of MCB, one of its four departments (Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology), the biophysics program, the PhD in Neuroscience program, or one of the predecessor units, you are a critically important part of our school's heritage. All MCB alumni and friends are an important part of our school, and we invite you to connect with our current students and faculty and with each other.

Learn more about the School of MCB's foundation​​​​

 

Alumni Spotlights

Read article: A career built from the heart
A career built from the heart
Alumnus serves as director of cardio oncology for Chicago-area hospital At a hospital on Chicago’s Northside, Jason Robin (BS, ‘98, biology) is the director of cardio oncology, managing the full spectrum of cardiovascular disease....
Read article: Alumna and pioneering scientist Carrol Foxall establishes fellowship for undergraduates pursuing summer research
Alumna and pioneering scientist Carrol Foxall establishes fellowship for undergraduates pursuing summer research
On the first day of a chemistry lecture in Fall 1951, Carrol Foxall recalls the instructor informing the class, which included a handful of women, that he’d never given an A to a woman before, nor did he intend to that semester. “I’m sorry, Charlie,” Carrol said to herself, “but you’re going to...
Read article: The lessons of a Nobel Laureate
The lessons of a Nobel Laureate
Chemistry tests are hard, even for future Nobel Laureates. When Phillip Sharp (PhD, '69, chemistry) first enrolled at the university’s Department of Chemistry for graduate school, he had to take several entrance tests to gauge his abilities. Inorganic chemistry was a tripping point. “I just didn’t...
Read article: Microbiology grad leverages her Illinois research training into career at Abbott
Microbiology grad leverages her Illinois research training into career at Abbott
On January 9, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the discovery of a mysterious string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, which they believed could be caused by a novel coronavirus. At the same time in Illinois, executives at the medical device and healthcare company Abbott...