Information for Businesses & UIS Alumni


UIS alumni and businesses are invited to attend the Student, Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS)!

  • When: Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 2020
  • Where: University of Illinois Springfield Campus (UIS Campus Maps & Visitor Parking)
  • STARS Schedule

What is the STARS Symposium?

UIS has a tradition of celebrating our students’ talents. Each year, we invite our graduate and undergraduate students from all academic disciplines to showcase their scholarly and creative works at the symposium. At STARS, students experience an opportunity to professionally present their work, interact with other scholars, and engage with UIS and surrounding community members and invited speakers.

  • Student researchers, under the guidance of faculty, will present at STARS in conference style format on a variety of topics related to business, the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology.
  • Students of visual arts will display and discuss their projects in the STARS Art Gallery.
  • Student musicians will offer live concert performances in Brookens Auditorium and in open STARS gathering spaces.
  • The Department of English and Humanities will launch the annual edition of The Alchemist Review.
  • The 2019 speaker is 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.
  • STARS symposium general information.

2019 Schedule for STARS 

Wednesday, April 17th 

Time Itinerary Location
 4:00 p.m Business student presentations and posters  PAC C/D: Pitches

 PAC G & H: Oral Presentations

5:30 p.m Introductory lecture Brookens Auditorium 
6:00 p.m How to Survive the Robot Apocalypse

Keynote Speaker- David Gunkel, NIU

Brookens Auditorium 
7:00 p.m Reception Brookens Tunnel 


Thursday, April 18th 

Time Itinerary Location
5:00 p.m Alchemist Review Brookens Auditorium
6:00 p.m Fiction Reading by Amina Gautier Brookens Auditorium
7:00 p.m Reception Brookens Tunnel
7:30 p.m UIS Theatre Play: Dead Man’s Cell Phone  Studio Theatre
9:00 p.m Talk back Studio Theatre


Friday, April 19th 

Time Itinerary Location
8:00 a.m Continental Breakfast Student Union

Pre- Function area

9:00 a.m Student Oral Presentations Student Union: 

225 A, 226 B

11:00 a.m Art & Poster Sessions Student Union:

Pre- function area

12:30 p.m Luncheon and Awards Student Union:

Central ballroom

1:00 p.m UIS Music Recital Student Union:



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