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About C. Britt Carlson

Britt is currently the course coordinator for General Chemistry I. She is also the program director for the NSF-funded programs, Parkland Science Scholars and PRECS: Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Undergraduates. Parkland Science Scholars is a program designed to support science majors from low-income families through mentoring, financial support, undergraduate research, and community. PRECS is a Parkland-UIUC biology research experience for community college students. Britt earned a BA in biochemistry from Earlham College and a PhD in biomolecular chemistry from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her doctoral research focused on protein structure and links to genetic disease. Her passion for chemistry education and undergraduate research comes directly from this educational background.


August 2013 - Present Associate Professor of Chemistry, Parkland College Natural Sciences
September 2009 - May 2013 Chemistry Instructor, Brookdale Community College
2011 - 2012 Visiting Scientist, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
2009 Adjunct Faculty Member, Middlesex County College ‐ Department of Natural Sciences
2004 - 2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Studies of the Thrombospondin Signature Domain, University of Wisconsin - Madison ‐ Biomolecular Chemistry

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016-2019: NSF BIO REU Site “Phenotypic Plasticity Research for Community College Students” Award #1559929/1559908
  • 2016: American Association of Women in Community Colleges, “40 under 40” honoree.
  • 2012-2013: Brookdale Innovation Grant, Brookdale Community College, “Investigation of the Creation of a STEM Institute at Brookdale”
  • 2006-2007: Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • 2005-2006: US National Institutes of Health training grant HL07899
  • June 5-10, 2004: Best Student Poster Award, FASEB Summer Research Conference, Thrombospondins and Other Modulatory Adhesion Molecules in Tissue Organization and Homeostasis. Pine Mountain, GA


2008 - 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2004 - 2008 PhD, Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison ‐ School of Medicine and Public Health
1995 - 1999 BA, Biochemistry, Earlham College

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Room L-133
Champaign, IL 61821

Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS) (2)

Teaching Works (3)

Published Works (6)

Research Works (1)

Posters and Presentations (9)