Undergraduate Research Support Program

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Mark your calendar! The 2017 UIS Student technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS) is scheduled for April 20th and 21st.  This year’s STARS includes two new events: a presentation workshop and a field trip to Lake Emiquon (advance registration required)!


PRESENTATION WORKSHOP on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PAC H): A workshop to help student learn how to create, prepare and deliver a great presentation! This workshop will include a student panel of past STARS presenters to talk about their experiences. Pizza will also be served!  See the attached ‘View it and do it’ workshop flier. This event is open to all students.

Field trip to theUIS Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (TFSE) on Thursday, April 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The field trip is open to UIS students, faculty, alumni and members of the business community, and can provide you a great educational opportunity and networking experience. Student registration is a $5 deposit (that will be returned to students who participate in the field trip) for the whole event.  Motor coach transportation and lunch will be provided! There are a few steps to the registration process, so register early Seats are limited.



Group photo of UIS NCUR delegation
UIS NCUR 2017 Delegation

Eleven UIS Students Presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

UIS sent its largest contingent of students to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.  Students were selected to submit abstracts from UIS in a competitive process by the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee. All eleven students were accepted by the national conference committee.  The students represent multiple programs and colleges.  Turner Clark (BMA), Gabriel Broughton (BBA), Ebony Forslund (PSY), Shyleen Frost (BIO), Eli Hahn (PSY), Marquiera Harris (BSW), Elizabeth Karras (SOA), Allie McIntire (PSY), Amanda Monke (ENG), Nhan Khanh Le (BBA), Alex Skarr (SOA and PSC). 

The 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research is a program of the Council on Undergraduate Research and will take place at the University of Memphis April 6-8, 2017.  Around 4,000 students from around the country presented

their research and creative activities.  UIS is an institutional member of CUR.  The students were accompanied by Dr. Tiffany Saunders, professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, and Dr. Keenan Dungey, director of the Undergraduate Research Support Program, which sponsored the students’ travel.


The Research Society is a student organization that supports the research, scholarly, and creative activities of UIS students. The organization is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and they are currently welcoming new members from all disciplines. Check out the latest news and events on Facebook and UIS Connection. UIS students can join the organization through UIS Connection.


The Meet Your Mentor event is an annual event co-hosted by the Undergraduate Research Support Program and the Research Society. The purpose of the event is to educate undergraduate students about the resources and opportunities to engage in research with faculty, and to connect undergraduate students with faculty on research projects. This year’s event consisted of research trivia games, prizes, and an ice cream social! The event took place on Thursday, September 8th from 4pm to 6pm in the LRH Great Room. All UIS faculty and students are invited!


The Breakfast of Research Champions was scheduled during Family Weekend to showcase the scholarly work of undergraduate students at UIS. Parents and students were invited for breakfast and can browse students’ research posters and artistic works. The event was co-hosted by the Undergraduate Research Support Program and the Research Society. This year’s event took place on Saturday, October 8th in the PAC Lobby.


Jarrett Lindsay, a Chemistry major, was awarded the UIS Undergraduate Summer Scholars award for summer 2016. Under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Johnson, Jarrett researched the “The Isolation and Characterization of a novel sPLA2 from the Venom of the Northern Paper Wasp Polistes Fuscatas” at the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiqoun. He presented his findings at the 2016 Breakfast of Research Champions event on October 8th. The Undergraduate Summer Scholars program provides funding for collaborative summer research opportunities for UIS faculty and students.


Grace Latimore, an English major, presented at the National Council on Undergraduate Research at UNC Asheville on April 7-9, 2016. She presented her documentary entitled “Black Faces in White Spaces” with the support of the CLAS Student-Faculty Creative Activity funding award. She also presented a paper entitled “The Revolutions Were Never Televised: A Historical Review of Protest and Black Poetry.”


2016 University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day

UIURD 2016

The third annual University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day was held at the state capitol on May 5, 2016. Ten students from each of the three campuses of the University of Illinois campuses showcased their scholarly achievements and presented their work to the public. Students also had the opportunity to tour the Illinois state capitol and meet with elected officials.

Students were selected in a competitive process by the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee.  Ashley Park examined the relationship between poverty and adolescent substance use in Illinois with Psychology professor Dr. Sheryl Reminger. Jacob Eikenberry studied the effects of workplace incivility and grit on burnout in domestic violence program employees with Business Administration professor Dr. Benjamin Walsh. Michael Lotspeich researched inter-community conflict to building construction in a rural, consolidated local education agency with Sociology/Anthropology professor Dr. Shoon Lio. David Seidel examined whether geographic ranges predict seedling success in tallgrass prairie restorations with Biology professor Dr. Amy McEuen. Kendra Baber discussed the destruction of archaeological sites and museum by ISIS with Sociology/Anthropology professor Dr. Shoon Lio. Jennifer Hickey researched autism in Illinois with Sociology/Anthropology professor Dr. Shoon Lio. Ashley Hollinshead investigated the optimization of the freshwater denitrification process of heterotrophic bacteria using iron nanoparticles with Chemistry professors Drs. John Martin and Keenan Dungey. Zachary Landes, a visual arts major, created an original artwork entitled “Take It, Don’t Leave It” with Ms. Allison Latcher. John Johnson researched a novel approach to the investigation of solenopsins using high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem and high resolution mass spectometry with Chemistry professor Stephen Johnson. Tyler Phibbs, a visual arts major, created an original artwork entitled “Cheromerican Warrioer” with professor Michael Miller.


2016 Brookens Library Student Research Award

Congratulations to David Seidel, winner of the second annual Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award. David received the award from Dr. Jane Treadwell, Dean of the Library, during the 2016 Student Technology Arts and Research Symposium at UIS. His paper was entitled “Is the Clean Water Act Always Applicable? : What New Water Quality Standards Mean for the State of Illinois, Its Waterways, and Small Town Dischargers.” His research mentor was Aaron Shures from the Capital Scholars Honors Program.


Undergraduate Research Support Program Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report


Download our brochure (pdf) to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Support Program.


Student Focus

Atchie-Student Focus

Mackenzie Atchie, a recent Psychology graduate, conducted her own independent research project under the mentorship of Dr. Frances Shen.  Her project was entitled “The Effects of Masculine and Feminine Physical Traits on Perceptions of Homosexual and Heterosexual Domestic Violence.”  With the support of the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program and the CLAS Student-Faculty Creative Activities award, Mackenzie was able to complete her study and present her findings at the 2016 UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS), 2016 Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, and 2016 Association for Psychological Sciences annual convention in Chicago.  Mackenzie is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology MA program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Image of Michael Lotspeich

Michael Lotspeich, a recent Sociology/Anthropology graduate, is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Sociology at Baylor Univeristy. During his time at UIS, he worked with Dr. Shoon Lio to produce a socio-spatial analysis of University of Illinois enrollment trend data, a meta-analysis of themes in local education agency (LEA) reorganization research, and measure community conflict in building bond support for a rural LEA.  With the support of the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program, he presented this research at UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS), COPLAC Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Rural Sociological Society annual meetings.