Future Scientists, Physicists, Chemists, Biologists, Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Allied Health Professionals to be:
This is the place to be! Calumet College of St. Joseph offers a small class setting, one-on-one teacher-student setting, comfortable learning environment, and ample amounts of hands-on scientific experience both in the classroom and in the lab setting with respect to lectures and research.
- NASA Project Donation
- Lab & Equipment
CCSJ’s project on Alzheimer’s Research was one of three projects nationally to win the Space Station National Design Challenge and will be used on the International Space Station. Led by Dr. Sandra Rogers and Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, students Elena Cortes, Jennifer Diaz, and Jake Hayes, and high school students David Gormley, and Merrick Jakelski are “over the moon” with pride and would love to be able to attend the launch.
Currently working with NASA, CASIS and ISS to send off our a project into space for the Space Station National Design Challenge.
Coming up this academic year:
- Society for Neuroscience Conference
- Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Society for Applied Spectroscopy Conference
- Pittcon Conference
- Big Bang Theory Night
- Guest Speakers
- CCSJ STEM Poster Session
- Game Night
- Fund raising events
- Just to mention a few.
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers
Department Chair of Biophysical Chemistry and Math, Director of the Biophysical Chemistry & Math Program and Associate Professor
Dr. Sandra Chimon-Rogers obtained her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Nuclear Neurochemistry from the University of Illinois. She has brought her Alzheimer’s disease research to Calumet College of St. Joseph and is utilizing various high-tech bio-analytical techniques and orthomolecular compounds to find a preventative. Her experience and passion include encouraging students to present their research findings at various conferences from around the nation to around the world (from Brazil to France) and currently, even as far as the International Space Station.
As a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Chimon-Rogers has successfully published three papers in the top rated scientific peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature and JACS. Her contributions have changed the way the scientific Alzheimer community thinks about the disease. The focus has shifted from the fibrils or plaques to the soluble intermediates. With this knowledge, she has implemented her learning/research techniques and made use of the resources at CCSJ to carry out research with her undergraduate students. Due to the increased activity of her students at CCSJ, her results are in the process of leading to an extremely large number of presentations and publications. These findings are on their way to being collected and compressed into a few manuscripts to be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals.
As a faculty member, Dr. Chimon-Rogers is a contributing member to the institution, one who gladly steps up to the plate to help develop and revise curriculum, and provide various opportunities of interest to her students. Student opportunities include making them aware of various concentrations that exist in science and research. She also takes that extra step and discusses with them the various types of careers that are available to them based on their area of interest.
Scientific service also entails encouraging female scholars to strengthen their passion in science and scientific careers/graduate school. As an active member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), female scholars in the sciences are a minority. She strongly encourage ALL her students, especially the females scholars, to take full advantage of the various grants/scholarships and careers opportunities that present themselves (over 75% of my research students are women).
Dr. Chimon-Rogers’ idea of mentoring not only includes the above-mentioned aspects, but also entails providing a holistic mentoring for success, helping improve her students’ self-image by having them succeed at challenging tasks, become comfortable with the scientific background and discussing their research and scientific learning in a positive, effective manner. A new and innovative way to teach the science at CCSJ.
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani
Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in Bio-Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. He is currently teaching the general science courses, physics, and anatomy and physiology.
Dr. Fiona Groninger-Poe
Dr. Fiona Poe completed her Ph.D in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 2014. During her graduate studies, she earned the Robert L. Switzer teaching award and was an American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellow. Her research interests include sugar metabolism in plant pathogens and agar degradation in marine bacteria. Dr. Poe teaches general biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and biotechnology. She is also highly active with the Whiting Science Olympiads, along with various other high school outreach programs.
Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E.
Program Director, Mathematics; Co-Director, General Education; Assistant Professor
Carrie Hutton has a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University and a M.S. E. in Engineering from Purdue University. Her doctorate degree in Leadership will be complete in March of 2017. She has brought her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to Calumet College of St. Joseph to support the growth of the Mathematics program, the growth of the Science programs, and to support the growth of all other degree programs at CCSJ. Her experience includes creating and facilitating project based, integrated STEM learning environments, providing dual credit pre engineering programs in k-12 schools, and coaching professional educators on how to gather, disseminate, interpret and use data to drive best practice instructional decisions in K-12 schools.
Ms. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus at Calumet College of St. Joseph. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Ms. Hutton also coordinates the summer bridge program at CCSJ. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of Inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project based, integrated K -16 STEM learning.
Ms. Hutton is also an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission, Men’s Volleyball faculty liaison at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and a member of the Social Justice Committee.
Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.
We have well-equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top-of-the-line instrumentation such as:
- Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
- Infrared Spectrometers
- Fourier Transform Infrared
- Inverted Microplate Reader
- 96 Well Plate Reader
- Analytical Balances
- Visible Spectrometers
- Cell Incubator
- Sonic Dismembrator
- -80 Fridge
- Biological Safety Cabinet
- Bench Top Centrifuge
- Microvial Centrifuge
- UV Trans Illuminator
- Various Body Models
- Adult and Child CPR
- AED Trainer
- Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits