Information for Businesses & UIS Alumni


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

  • When: Wednesday, April 17, to Friday, April 19, 2019
  • 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 2018 speakers are Chen Chen (award-winning author & poet) and Dr. Rashawn Ray (author and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park).
  • STARS symposium general information.

What is the UIS Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards Event?

With the aim to encourage more innovative activity connecting area innovators with industry leaders, we are celebrating advances in research, business solution, healthcare, agriculture, community and government solutions. Join us in watching the Start-Up Pitch Competition and listen to brilliant ideas from leading innovators and entrepreneurs.

2018 Schedule for STARS

Thursday, April 5th (schedule subject to change)

Time Itinerary Location
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Student Oral Presentations Session & Student-Directed Play Reading
(Colleges: Liberal Arts & Sciences, Education & Human Services, Public Affairs & Administration)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Launch of The Alchemist Review Brookens Auditorium
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Chen Chen, Keynote Speaker Brookens Auditorium
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reception and Book Signing with Chen Chen Brookens Auditorium
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open Music Rehearsal PAC Sangamon Auditorium


Friday, April 6th (schedule subject to change)

Time Itinerary Location
All Day Art Exhibitions Student Union
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Artist Presentations & Poster Sessions (various disciplines) Student Union
12:00 p.m. –
1:00 p.m.
Lunch, Reservations Required Student Union
1:00 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.
Dr. Rashawn Ray, Keynote Speaker Student Union
2:00 p.m. –
3:00 p.m.
Implicit Bias Workshop, Facilitator Dr. Carlee Hawkins Student Union
3:00 p.m. –
3:30 p.m.
Reception with Dr. Rashawn Ray and Dr. Carlee Hawkins Student Union
3:30 p.m. –
5:00 p.m.
Student Oral & Pitch Presentation Sessions, College of Business and Management PAC C/D, H
5:00 p.m. –
5:30 p.m.
College of Business & Illinois Innovation Event Reception Student Union
5:30 p.m. –
8:00 p.m.
UIS Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards Event (reservations required) Student Union
7:30 p.m. UIS Spring Music Showcase PAC Sangamon Auditorium


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