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Enabling minority students to "explore the unknown frontier of science"

Illinois Tech Assistant Professor in Chemistry Jean-Luc Ayitou explores science by engaging his community. After joining Illinois Tech, Ayitou founded VISCUS (Vivifying Scientific Curiosity for Underrepresented Undergraduate Students) to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to pursue graduate education and explore research opportunities. Through this program, students are trained to use advanced spectroscopy tools to investigate common photochemical processes encountered in nature. Ayitou and his scholars also serve as ambassadors for scientific research in their respective communities, including Bronzeville, the neighborhood bordering Illinois Tech. Ayitou is a recipient of a 2018 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.