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Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS)

Illinois Summer Research Symposium

July 22-23, 2021 on Gather.Town 

The Illinois Summer Research Symposium brings together research programs that support the inclusion and participation of students from US populations underrepresented in graduate study to present their research. More than 150 students will present research that has been developed through the mentorship and training of faculty members from across a variety of disciplines.

Participating Programs

EBICS REU - National Science Foundation Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems

GSEF - Graduate School Exploration Fellowship

McNair - TRiO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

POETS - Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems

PRECS - Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students

REACH Program - Research & Education for the Advancement of Compassionate Healthcare

REU-INCLUSION - Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary & Open-Science

SPI - Summer Predoctoral Institute

SROP at Illinois - Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

SURE Tox - Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology at the University of Illinois


2019 ISRS Award Winners:

Outstanding Poster

  • Isako Di Tomassi (PRECS) Effects of Struvite and Its Placement on Mycorrhizal Colonization and P Uptake in Tomato Plants
  • Cheri McChesney (SROP-Illinois) - Angiogenesis in Healthy vs. Diabetic Mice Imaged Using Pulsed Power Doppler Ultrasound
  • Michaela Perez (SROP-Illinois) - Effects on Pressure Drop and Heat Transfer when Additively Manufacturing Heat Exchangers with Microgeometries

Honorable Mention

  • Jennifer Castillo (SROP-UIC) - The tRNA Recognition Mechanism of Human Selenocysteine Synthase
  • Alexis Baldeon (SPI) - Microbial Diversity Analyses on Most Recent American Gut Project Data
  • Ishatou Diambou (SROP-Illinois)Controlled N-acetylcysteine Release through Reactive Oxygen Species Responsive Polymer to Treat Oxidative Stress at the Cornea


Outstanding roundtable

  • Destiny Williams (SPI) Current Findings and Future Directions for Patterns of Online Help-Seeking Behavior for Underrepresented Students in STEM
  • Becky Rose (PRECS) - Stressed Induced Remodeling in the Nematode Caenorhabditis Elegans

Honorable Mention

  • Brittney Decimus (SPI) - Community Responses to Gun Violence
  • Ty’Kira Dubose (McNair) - Who Says We Can’t Read? Reading Comprehension among African-American Students

Outstanding Oral Presentation

  • Jodi Aguilar (SROP-UIC) Epistemological Disobedience: Responsibly Sustaining Queer Race Pedagogies in K-5 through Chicana Feminist Theory
  • Jonathan Villasenor (SROP-UIC) - Effects of Value on Value-directed Item Memorization Tasks in Young Adults
  • Rayven Morrow (SPI) - Sugar Babies and Higher Ed
  • Dejuante Walker (SROP-Illinois) - What Is the Effect of Random Sequence Error on Polyampholyte Self-coacervation

Honorable Mention

  • Dureti Godana (SROP-Illinois) Effects of Intergenerational Trauma on Identity Formation and Coping of Low Income African American Single Mothers
  • Joshua Dupaty (SROP-Illinois) - Tracking Neurite Complexity for Better Understanding of Glutathione Redox States
  • Victor Gonzalez (SPI) - Occlusion Robustness in 3D Human Pose Estimation
  • Joel Roberts (SPI) - Synthesis of Functionalized Polymers