Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium

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  • When: Wednesday, April 17 to Friday, April 19, 2019 (schedule).STARS1
  • Who: All students (graduate and undergraduate) involved in research or creative works.  You can elect to give a short oral presentation, a poster presentation, art exhibition, or performance of your work.
  • How: Faculty mentors submit abstracts. Following abstract submission and acceptance, all authors will be sent a link to officially register.


Questions? Email Brian Moore:

2019 Symposium Keynote Speaker

David Gunkel PhotoWednesday April 17, 6:00 P.M.
Brookens Auditorium 

David Gunkel

David J. Gunkel is an award-winning educator and scholar, specializing in the philosophy of technology with a particular focus on information and communication technology. He is the author of over 70 scholarly articles published in journals of communication, philosophy, interdisciplinary humanities, and computer science. He has published nine books—Hacking Cyberspace (Westview Press, 2001), Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology (Purdue University Press, 2007), Transgression 2.0: Media, Culture and the Politics of a Digital Age (Continuum, 2011), The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (MIT Press, 2012), Heidegger and Media (Polity, 2014), Of Remixology: Ethics and Aesthetics After Remix (MIT Press, 2016), The Changing Face of Alterity: Communication, Technology and Other Subjects (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Gaming the System: Deconstructing Video Games, Game Studies and Virtual Worlds (Indiana University Press, 2018), and Robot Rights (MIT Press, 2018). He has lectured and delivered award-winning papers throughout North and South America and Europe and is the founding co-editor of the International Journal of Žižek Studiesand, the Indiana University Press book series Digital Game Studies. Dr. Gunkel currently holds the position of Presidential Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University. His teaching has been recognized with numerous awards, including NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2006 and the Presidential Teaching Professorship in 2009.

 The STARS experience

In this video, UIS Alumna Hannah Trad (Online BS Political Science ’18) shares how her STARS experience shaped her career.

STARS Core Planning Team

Brytton Bjorngaard
Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Art, Music, and Theatre Department
VPA 129    206-7547    Email:

Tammy Craig
Career Specialist, Online Learning
BRK 425    206-8379    Email:

Keenan Dungey
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Institutional Effectiveness
& Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
PAC 525    206-7345    Email:

Tom Rothfus 
Director, Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon
UHB 3031    206-7418    Email:

Frances Shen
Associate Professor, Psychology Department
UHB 3128    206-7270    Email:

Brian Moore Administrative Clerk Undergraduate Research Support Program Office

  • Office: Public Affairs Center, Room 383
  • Address: University of Illinois Springfield One University Plaza, MS PAC 383 Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407 Email: Phone: (217) 206-6664 Fax: (217) 206-7623

STARS Faculty Outreach Team

Egbe Egiebor
Assistant Professor, Public Health Department
PAC 320    206-8146    Email:

Mark Klingshirn
Director, Capital Scholars Honors Program
& Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
VPA 64    206-7469    Email:

Tiffani Saunders
Lecturer, Sociology/Anthropology Department
UHB 3019    206-8335.  Email:

Karen Swan
Professor, Educational Leadership Department
UHB 4077    206-7424    Email:

Abigail Walsh
Applied Music Specialist, Art, Music, and Theatre Department
VPA 49    206-7549    Email:

Neetu Singh 

Assistant Professor, College of Business and Management Department

UHB 4040   206-7921 Email: