Thank you to UIS alumni, businesses, and community members, students and faculty for attending the 2023 Student, Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS).

  • When: Wednesday, April 12, to Friday April 14, 2023

We are delighted to congratulate the exceptional winners of the STARS (Student Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium) event, where students showcased their research and creative activities. With immense pleasure, we announce the winners who stood out with their stellar presentations in various categories.

Business category. Chandra Adhikari, Shashank Tripathi, Nyan Lin, Seyi Akerele, and James Aldus for their outstanding presentation on “Municipal Solid Waste Management Strategies”. Faculty mentor: Dr. Sevilay Onal.

Education category. Kelsey Lessen for her excellent presentation on “Hidden supremacy: Exposing Cultural Violence in the English Classroom”. Faculty mentor: Dr. Katie Carlson.

Natural Sciences category. Nicole Girard for her remarkable presentation on “Investigating the effect of histidyl-tRNA synthetase mutations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Faculty mentor: Dr. Noah Reynolds.

Social Sciences category. Seth Smith for his outstanding poster presentation on “Assigning the Signage- Sharing Information on Native Plant Species at the UIS Field Station.” Faculty mentor: Dr. Anne-Marie Hanson.

Technology category. Anish Sinha for his excellent presentation on the “Concurrent B-Link-Trees and Its Applications in Database Systems: A Revisit.” Faculty mentor: Dr. Xiang Huang.

Music category. Giifti Benti for her flute performance on Concertino Op. 107 in D Major. Faculty mentor: Amanda Pond.

Visual Arts category. Sarah Crays for her art piece entitled “Modern Day Slavery: Stop Human Trafficking.” Faculty Mentor: Prof. Brytton Bjorngaard .

These remarkable students have not only showcased their dedication to research and creative activities but also have inspired their peers to strive for excellence. We extend our appreciation to all the faculty mentors for their remarkable commitment to guiding students through this journey.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners of the STARS symposium! Your accomplishments are a testament to your hard work, passion, and intellectual curiosity. May you continue to shine brightly in your future endeavors.

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.