Undergraduate Research Support Program

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Research, Wings, and Other Things

A  workshop with a research alumni panel, co-sponsored by the UIS Internships and Prior Learning Services and the Career Development Center. Tuesday, November 28, 4:00-5:30pm PAC C/D.  Free food!

Now Open: Abstract Submission for STARS 2018

Abstracts can be submitted for UIS’ annual Student Technology, Arts and Research Symposium (STARS).  To submit, visit the Call for Abstracts webpage. The early submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.

Please contact your faculty mentor if you plan to apply. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ursp@uis.edu.

Mark your calendar! The 2018 UIS Student Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS) is scheduled for April 5th and April 6th.     This year’s  go.uis.edu/STARS includes two keynote speakers.




UIS sent five students to Brazil this summer as part of a recent 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Award from the Coca-Cola Foundation. The grant supports the establishment of new study abroad programs between the United States and Latin America in the field of environmental science with an emphasis on water. Read more about the award here.




Eleven UIS Students Presented at the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Group photo of UIS NCUR delegation
UIS NCUR 2017 Delegation


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.


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.