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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.

Faculty Name

Topics

Department


 

genetics of the chambered nautilus

BIO

Number Theory, q-series, work inspired by Ramanujan

MAT

C and N dynamics in restored wetlands

BIO

Asian American literature and culture, children’s literature, comics and graphic narratives

ENG

nanotechnology, chemistry of water quality

CHE

archaeology, landscape history, European prehistory

SOA

Political philosophy, social theory, history of ideology

PSC

Executive politics; political; power; race; public policy; science and government; Lincoln Presidency

PSC

biochemistry of toxins, mass spectroscopy of proteins

CHE

history, race, gender and law

LES

Women’s Studies, Antebellum US History

HIS

green chemistry, ionic liquids

CHE

Contemporary analytic metaphysics, liberal multiculturalism

PHI

microbial communities, aquatic ecology

BIO

analyzing stellar explosions with Hubble

ASP

tallgrass prairie restoration and management

BIO

computer ethics, robot ethics, software testing

CSC

Green organic chemistry, antimicrobial plant extracts ganizational climate

CHE

Literature, Theology and Art History (mainly painting and sculpture)

LIS

Attention, Emotion, and electroencephalography (EEG)

PSY

environmental change, vertebrate paleontology, paleoecology

ENS

Counseling Psychology, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Asian American Psychology

PSY

Music research projects, anthropology/sociology of music, social justice issues

AMT

Non-traditional students, motivation, barriers to education

PSY

DNA barcodes for oak species

BIO

Workplace mistreatment, training effectiveness, and organization

MGT

Social psychology, self-enhancement, person perception, sport psychology

PSY


 

Curriculum

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.

COPLAC

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.

Others

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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