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Topics and Mentors

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UIS Research Centers and Academic Facilities

The following faculty have expressed an interest in mentoring an undergraduate student in a research, scholarly or creative activity. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty member directly, using the department link.


Topics Department
Bonacum, James genetics of the chambered nautilus BIO
Chan, Hei-Chi Number Theory, q-series, work inspired by Ramanujan MAT
Chen, Hua C and N dynamics in restored wetlands BIO
Dong, Lan Asian American literature and culture, children’s literature, comics and graphic narratives ENG
Dungey, Keenan nanotechnology, chemistry of water quality CHE
Fisher, Lynn archaeology, landscape history, European prehistory SOA
Gilman-Opalsky, Richard Political philosophy, social theory, history of ideology PSC
Holden, Matthew, Jr. Executive politics; political; power; race; public policy; science and government; Lincoln Presidency PSC
Johnson, Stephen biochemistry of toxins, mass spectroscopy of proteins CHE
Jordan, Gwen history, race, gender and law LES
Kent, Holly Women’s Studies, Antebellum US History HIS
Klingshirn, Marc green chemistry, ionic liquids CHE
Kurtz, Roxanne Contemporary analytic metaphysics, liberal multiculturalism PHI
Lemke, Michael microbial communities, aquatic ecology BIO
Martin, John analyzing stellar explosions with Hubble ASP
McEuen, Amy tallgrass prairie restoration and management BIO
Miller, Keith computer ethics, robot ethics, software testing CSC
Morsch, Layne Green organic chemistry, antimicrobial plant extracts ganizational climate CHE
Neginsky, Rosina Literature, Theology and Art History (mainly painting and sculpture) LIS
Reinke/Pressley, Karen Attention, Emotion, and electroencephalography (EEG) PSY
Ruez, Dennis environmental change, vertebrate paleontology, paleoecology ENS
Shen, Frances Counseling Psychology, Multicultural and Diversity Issueses, Asian American Psychology PSY
Stamatis, Yona Music research projects, anthropology/sociology of music, social justice issues AMT
Switzer, Carrie Non-traditional students, motivation, barriers to education PSY
Vazquez, Lucia DNA barcodes for oak species BIO
Walsh, Benjamin Workplace mistreatment, training effectiveness, and organization MGT
Yoder, Marcel Social psychology, self-enhancement, person perseption, sport psychology PSY


Each department at UIS has different opportunities for students to engage in the research process. Speak to your academic advisor for specific details in your program.

For example, some departments have separate independent research courses (CHE 400, BIO 400). Others have a research methods course followed by an independent study course (PSY 302…). In some programs, a research project is required for departmental honors (eg. PSC). And the CAP Honors program requires each student to complete an interdisciplinary project for their senior thesis.

Whether or not your program offers a course in research, you can still earn college credit through  Internship Services. The Internships and Prior Learning Services office  has information on local internships that involve original research projects. Someof these internships pay students, and all of them qualify for ECCE Engagement Experience credit. You can even design your own internship project  with a UIS faculty member to participate in research on campus.

Local Opportunities

Faculty collaborate with several local off-campus researchers.

Contact us for a current list of opportunities.


UIS is a proud member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts and Colleges. Through a grant from the Teagle Foundation, students at any of the 26 member institutions may work on an undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor from another institution using online technologies. Contact Dr. Dungey for information on how to apply to the distance mentored undergraduate research project.


Conferences and Publications

  • International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities This journal represents a grass-roots effort to support and advance undergraduate scholarship in all academic disciplines at institutions across the country and around the world.
  • ISAS
  • Journal of Student Research The Journal of Sudent Research is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research.
  • NCUR
    National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Publishes proceedings.
  • Metamorphosis
    Metamorphosis is an online journal of undergraduate research published by COPLAC. Up to two students per semester from a member institution may be published. Contact Dr. Keenan Dungey for instructions on how to submit a manuscript.Check with your advisor about disciplinary conferences.
  • Online Learning Journals
    The UIS Center for Online Learning,  Research and Service provides links to a wide variety of online learning journals.

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