Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Announces More Than $600,000 in National Science Foundation Funding for Chicago

Jan 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $649,947.00 in federal funding to the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

The grant will help explore the photophysical properties of organic light harvesting systems to devise next generation organic photonic materials.  Professor Anoklase Ayitou of the Department of Chemistry at Illinois Institute of Technology will lead the project, which is set to commence in June.

This project will develop an assortment of scientific techniques and Professor Ayitou will mentor and train students who participate in this research.  The funding will also provide interactive learning components, which include outreach activities that promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education at Illinois Institute of Technology and in the South Side Communities of Chicago. 

“It’s thrilling to know these communities will have more exposure to STEM education, which will only enhance the career opportunities of many students,” said Congressman Rush.  “This funding promotes innovation in the First District of Illinois and I will continue to advocate for similar resources the federal level.”

The National Science Foundation supports research, innovation, and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country.  By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering, our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.