Beatriz Acosta chose the University of Illinois of Springfield because it is “a smaller school, away from the city.” She is the Student Government Association (SGA) resident senator, secretary of the Chemistry Club and a member of an unofficial research journal club. She also served as the student member on a search committee for a faculty position in the Biology Department.
Diego Terrazas calls the University of Illinois Springfield a “community that helps students succeed both in and out of the classroom.” At UIS, he is the outreach coordinator for the Organization of Latin American Students and treasurer for HOSA Future Health Professionals. He is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program where he serves as a peer mentor and recently spent his spring break volunteering as part of the Alternative Spring Break service trip.
Maria Espinosa is a member of the UIS women’s golf team, a science peer tutor at The Learning Hub and recently went on a study abroad trip to Ghana, West Africa where she helped to conduct important public health research.
At the University of Illinois Springfield, Jake Seidel is president of the Biology Club, a member of the UIS Cross Country and Track and Field teams, the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE).
Ashley Osuma loves to share the knowledge she’s gained from her four years on campus with incoming freshmen. Osuma is a peer mentor for the Summer Bridge Program, a two-week on-campus living-learning experience for first-year students who need additional academic support and college preparation.
Biology major Daniel Rodriguez is leading the effort to maintain the University of Illinois Springfield Community Garden over the summer as the project coordinator. It’s a paid student position where he works 20 hours a week watering the plants, pulling weeds and organizing volunteers.
As an undergraduate biology major at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abigail Norville has been working with faculty members and other students to study Hepatitis C, a viral blood born pathogen, in the central Illinois homeless population. The students traveled to homeless shelters in five cities where they tested the population for the disease.
Hometown: Altamont, IL Major: Biology Future Plans: Become a restoration ecologist David Seidel has watched himself grow as a leader during his four years at the University of Illinois Springfield. At the same time, his passion for a career in conservation has been growing thanks to the opportunities UIS has afforded him. He is president… David Seidel ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Biology Future Plans: Become a medical researcher Janell Mathus is thankful for the mentors she had growing up. Now, the biology major is giving back at the University of Illinois Springfield. She volunteers several hours each week mentoring middle school students through the 4H program. She also mentors fellow college students… Janell Mathus ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Coal City, IL Major: Biology Future Plans: Become a librarian Emma Norris never envisioned herself in a leadership position, but that changed when she came to the University of Illinois Springfield. She now works as an instruction assistant at Brookens Library and was recently elected secretary of the Biology Club. “Our school provides so… Emma Norris ’15 Read More »
Hometown: Plainfield, IL Major: Biology Future Plans: Become a physical therapist As a goalie for the UIS women’s soccer team, Paige Polonus has learned a lot about determination. In 2013, she broke her leg during the homecoming soccer game. Determined to overcome her injury, she began physical therapy. It took her 3 months before she… Paige Polonus ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL Major: Biology Future Plans: Become a doctor The University of Illinois Springfield is preparing Afua Amoabin for her future by strengthening her leadership skills. The biology major is president of the African Student Association, secretary of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at UIS, and a member of the International Student Association and… Afua Amoabin ‘15 Read More »
Major: Biology Hometown: Cedarville, IL University of Illinois Springfield biology major Amanda Cummins’ passion lies with public service. She is an active member of the Christian Student Fellowship and has traveled to Kenya for the Jump for Joel charity. In 2011, she personally delivered 280 handmade dresses and 50 pairs of shorts to children in… Amanda Cummins ’14 Read More »
Major: Biology Hometown: Atlanta, GA Career Plans: Begin an environmental career in nonprofit, private, or university service in order to gain ongoing experience. Eventually, he would like to have a career with the federal government. University of Illinois Springfield environmental sciences graduate student Danny Rosenkranz worked with biology professor Michael Lemke to help the Emiquon… Danny Rosenkranz ’12 Read More »
Major: Biology Hometown: Morton Grove, IL Future Plans: Attend graduate school at UIS Haesun Chang became an expert in time management at the University of Illinois Springfield. The recent biology graduate juggled her studies with working as a resident assistant (RA) in campus housing. Her job required her to work 4 hours a week at… Haesun Chang ’13 Read More »
Major: Biology Career Plans: Attend Medical School Jinger Sanders, a recent biology graduate, never imagined the leadership opportunities she’d be offered at the University of Illinois Springfield. For the past three years, Sanders volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois. She also served as the UIS student representative to the University of Illinois… Jinger Sanders ’13 Read More »