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Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS)

Illinois Summer Research Symposium

July 22, 2024 at the Illinois Conference Center

The Illinois Summer Research Symposium is the culminating program that features the cutting-edge research, achievement, and creativity by our summer scholars. More than 100 scholars will present research that has been developed through the mentorship and training of faculty members from across a variety of disciplines.

Details for the 2024 ISRS forthcoming. 

Last Year's Schedule of Events (2023)

8:30 – 9:00 Check-in & Continental Breakfast – Heritage Hall 2

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks – Heritage Hall 2

9:30 – 10:30 Session 1: Oral Presentationssee index for location

10:45 – 11:45 Session 2: Oral Presentationssee index for location

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch for Registered Attendees – Heritage Hall 2

1:15 – 2:15 Session 3: Poster PresentationsHeritage Hall 1

2:30 – 3:30 Session 4: Poster Presentationssee index for location

3:45 – 4:45 Session 5: Poster Presentationssee index for location

5:00 – 6:00 Decompress Social Hour – Heritage Hall 3

6:00 – 6:45 Dinner for Registered Attendees

6:45 – 7:30 Awards Ceremony – Heritage Hall 2

2023 Participating Programs

FUTURE-MINDS-QB - Fisk-UIUC Training of Under-represented Minds in Data Science and Quantitative Biology

McNair - TRiO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

MSI Alliance - Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Alliance

POETS - Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems

PRI - Prairie Research Institute Internship

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

SEB Scholars - St. Elmo Brady Summer Research Scholars Program

SPI - Summer Predoctoral Institute

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

SROP at UIC - Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates at the University of Illinois Chicago

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


2023 ISRS Award Winners:


1st Place

  • AJ Espinoza (SPI) Contentious Conversations in the Classroom: The Role of Teachers and Parents in Student Critical Consciousness Development

2nd Place

  • Yasmine Adams (SPI)From Shadow to Substance: Black Futurity in the Face of Adversity

3rd Place

  • Keyana Imani Diaz (SPI)Are the Kids Alright? Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Black Children and Adolescents



1st Place

  • Winter Stubblefield (SROP-Illinois, SURE Tox)The Effects of Imidacloprid on Steroidogenic Enzyme Gene Expression in the Female Mouse Ovary



1st Place

  • Venus Fu (SROP-Illinois, POETS)Using Dynamic Phase Change Materials with Extended Surfaces to Enhance Electronics Cooling

2nd Place

  • Isabela Castilla (McNair)Code-Switching: The Dynamic Language of a Mixed-Heritage Social Identity

3rd Place (tie)

  • Coleen Aketch (SROP-Illinois, POETS)Evaluating the performance of solid-state batteries at sub-1MPa stack pressure
  • Jarel Patrick Calara (SROP-Illinois) Activation of Bacterial Gene Expression Via Optogenetics