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The pursuit of science and mathematics has never been more attractive or rewarding. Take some time to see which science and math programs at Benedictine can help you achieve your career goals. Our programs enjoy an outstanding reputation for producing successful scientists, healthcare professionals, and analysts. Our nationally respected faculty and staff work directly with our students, preparing them to lead lives of meaning, purpose and distinction. At Benedictine University's College of Science you'll meet lifelong friends and future colleagues. Please explore our website or visit us in person to learn more about our excellent faculty, coursework, research, facilities, and student advising programs. Together, we can pave the path to your success.
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Mahnaz Shahidi, BS, PhD

Physics; Mathematics

Mahnaz Shahidi, earned her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in retinal imaging, joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UIC and became the director of the Applied Physics Laboratory. She was promoted to the rank of professor of Physics in Ophthalmology with tenure and joint appointments in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Bioengineering. Shahidi was named Morton F. Goldberg, M.D., FACS Professor of Ophthalmology and served as the vice chair and research director. She was also named 2012 Inventor of the Year and 2013 Faculty of the Year in the College of Medicine at UIC. In 2016, Shahidi joined the Department of Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, where she is a professor of Ophthalmology, Riffenburgh professor in Glaucoma and vice chair for Translational Research. Her research program is focused on the development of optical imaging technologies for quantitative assessment of eye diseases. The novel imaging techniques developed in her research laboratory have provided valuable tools to study pathophysiology and improve diagnostic evaluation of ocular and systemic diseases. Shahidi has received funding support for her research program from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

What our students say...


Mahrukh Raheem

Class of 2020

"Class sizes are a little smaller at Benedictine compared to other universities. People can form a community within a classroom, which makes it easier to learn together. I love the community aspect at Benedictine’s College of Science. Students can learn from each other through constructive team projects, and professors are always willing to help students."

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers degrees that provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter rewarding careers. Please take some time to learn more about our degree programs, and how they can serve as your platforms for success in a vocation. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences.Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to  a broadly fulfilling college experience.

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119