About Chemistry Coaches

Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) coaches have been carefully selected for their interest in helping first-year students succeed. Our coaches understand the adjustments that are needed to adapt to a college environment because they have recently been first-year students themselves.

Who works in the CLC?

CLC coaches are undergraduate students majoring in a wide range of academic areas—from engineering to the sciences and arts, with many in between. They have recently completed first-year chemistry courses and received excellent grades. Coaches meet with the chemistry faculty on a regular basis to keep current on what is happening in class sessions.

Our coaches come from many different backgrounds. Most are involved in campus organizations and activities, and all have a common desire to help students confidently navigate the first-year chemistry experience. Always approachable, your coach will help acquaint you with the CLC and Michigan Tech.

Why are we called "coaches?"

CLC staff are called “coaches” because that is a good word to define their job. Our coaches are not teachers or tutors, although they do explain class material as needed.

Athletes have coaches to help them train, practice, and master their sport. The coach provides direction, emphasis, and support in achieving goals. The athletes do the work, but the coach helps them achieve their optimum performance.

Likewise, chemistry students practice, read, and work to become proficient in chemistry. The chemistry coaches serve as guides, helping you when you’re stuck and providing you with direction and support in reaching the goals of your chemistry class.

Lois Blau


Chemistry Learning Center
Chemical Sciences Building, Room 206A

Lois Blau

Director, Chemistry Learning Center

Undergraduate Advisor, First-Year Students


I can help you with questions pertaining to the Chemistry Learning Center, advise you on first-year chemistry classes, or even help you make the adjustment to life at Michigan Tech.

Become a Coach

Applications for the position of chemistry coach are accepted from the week after Winter Carnival until 9:00 pm on March 20.

Download an application today!


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