Topics and Mentors
To search this page for research opportunities at UIS, choose Ctrl + F on a PC, or Command + F on a Mac and type in your search term.
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.
|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 an Applied Study Term (AST). The Experiential and Service-Learning office (http://www.uis.edu/exsl/) 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 project AST with a UIS faculty member to participate in research on campus.
Faculty collaborate with several local off-campus researchers.
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.
- National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
- American Chemical Society Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
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.
- 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.
National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Publishes proceedings.
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.