What’s New in the Biology Department?

The accredited degree program in General Biology at University of Illinois at Springfield has been ranked as a “Best Value for the Money” in the annual nationwide ranking of U.S. colleges and universities by College Factual.

Biology Major, Nana Quainoo, co-authored an article published in Frontiers in Genetics.

Biology Minor, Marissa Jones, conducted a waste management study at UIS.

Sarah Lindholm was presented with the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. She graduated from UIS in July 2018 with a master’s degree in biology with a specialization in ecology and evolution. Her thesis was chaired by Amy McEuen and Hua Chen, both associate professors of biology, and Megan Styles, assistant professor of environmental studies.

Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon has been awarded an NSF grant

Biology Students Participate in Leadership lived at UIS

Jinger Sanders (2013)

Amanda Cummins (2014)

David Seidel (2016)

Michael Lemke studies biodiversity in Brazil

University of Illinois Springfield Biology Professor Michael Lemke recently took two trips to Brazil where he joined a team of scientists studying life in the region.

Hua Chen studies climate change in ecosystems

University of Illinois Springfield Assistant Professor of Biology Hua Chen studies the impact of climate change on ecosystems.

Professor Lucia Vazquez

Meet Lucia Vazquez – Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair at the University of Illinois Springfield.

UIS Recognizes Biology Faculty Achievements

In October 2005, Biology faculty members Amy McEuen and Gary Trammell were recognized by the university for their scholarly contributions in the publication of articles in their field of study.

Dr. Trammell was also recognized for a professional presentation of his work.

October 6, 2005: UIS Faculty Recognition Luncheon Recognizes Biology Faculty

At this Luncheon, various faculty were recognized for their scholarly contributions in various categories. Honored for their contributions in writing articles were Lucia Vazquez, Amy McEuen, and Gary Trammell. Dr. Trammell also received recognition in the category of invited lectures and presentations, in addition to Michael Lemke and Gary Butler.

March 31, 2005: UIS Graduate Receives Distinguished Thesis Award

Tracy DiMezzo, who graduated from UIS in the spring of 2004 with a Master of Science in Biology degree, has received a 2005 MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award from the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.  Her thesis, Uptake Analysis of Fluorescently-Labeled Hydrophobic Organic Phosphate Substrates by Aquatic Hydrophobic Bacteria, had previously been awarded the UIS Outstanding Master’s Thesis for 2003-04.  DiMezzo’s thesis was one of three winners chosen from among 56 nominations.  (UIS News Bureau)

2004:  Three UIS students present research at the American Society for Microbiology 104th General Conference in New Orleans

Mandy Cook, Doyn M. Kellerhals, and Tracy DiMezzo, UIS graduate students, traveled to the 2004 ASM General Conference in New Orleans with help from the Biology Gift Fund.  All three presented poster sessions on their respective thesis topics and found the opportunity to meet with other scientists and potential job contacts.

Lemke named University Scholar for 2002-2003

Michael Lemke, assistant professor of Biology, was named University Scholar for 2002-2003. He was one of 14 faculty members, and the only one from UIS, chosen for this award honoring and rewarding outstanding teachers and scholars on the three U of I campuses. His professional activities connect him to Nobel Prize winners and other distinguished scientists and he has attracted national and international attention through his work on the editorial board of Microbial Ecology, a major journal in the discipline, and as a reviewer for Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

January 7, 2012: Biology MS Student Receives Scholarship

Nathan Grider, Biology MS student receives $1500 scholarship from the Illinois Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Nathan Grider Scholarship


Emiquon in the News

Viewing Party for Meteor Shower (Lincoln Daily News – August 7, 2012)

Illinois River Wetlands Project Earns International Recognition (SJ-R – August 9, 2012)



UIS grad student offers hope for rare fish
SJ-R, December 23, 2012

Rare Fish

Photo courtesy of Nathan Grider

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