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Gretchen Adams
Chemistry Merit

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
367 I Noyes Lab
501 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
gadams4@illinois.edu 217-244-8279
217-244-8029 Fax

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  • Gretchen Adams

Gretchen Adams received her undergraduate degree in Teaching of Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1998. She earned her Masters of Science in Teaching of Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1999. She joined the Chemistry Department in January 2003. Prior to this, Gretchen taught high school science in Iowa for four years. She subsequently started her Ph.D. program in 2011 and finished with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2016, also from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition to teaching chemistry courses with the General Chemistry division, she directs the Chemistry Merit Program for Emerging Scholars and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.



  • National Science Foundation STEP Grant, "Merit-Based Immersion Program for Students and Teachers (MIST)", 2007
  • The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Special Grant Program Recipient, 2003
  • ICES List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students:
    • Fall 2004
    • Fall 2005
    • Spring 2006
    • Fall 2006
    • Spring 2007
    • Fall 2007
    • Spring 2008
    • Fall 2008
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers Award, 2003 and 2004
  • School of Chemical Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999, 2008




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