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Illinois Summer Research Symposium

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July 19-20, 2018 at the I Hotel & Conference Center 

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.

Full program booklet

Schedule of Events

Participating Programs

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

Frontiers in Biomedical imaging REU - National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates for Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging

GSEF - Graduate School Exploration Fellowship

McNair - TRiO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

MEMERRES - Mentor-Mentee Relationships in Research

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 at Urbana-Champaign

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

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

WE CAN - Wildlife Engineers Co-managing Agriculture and Nature


2018 ISRS Award Winners:

Outstanding Poster

  • Ximena Perez-Velazco (SROP)  - Brazil’s Family Health Strategy: An Examination of the Experience of Community Health Workers and their Impact on the Commonwealth
  • Andrew Reader (SROP) - Carbon Nanotubes and Thermal Conductivity
  • Talia Seymore (SROP)  - The Effect of Prenatal Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Phthalate Mixture on the Gonadal Development and Fertility of Male Mice

Honorable Mention

  • Gayatri Kulkarni (SROP) - Mechanistic Investigation of Proton-Electron Transfer in the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 on Pd
  • Janee Phillips (SROP) - The New Standard? Assessing Brachial Artery Flow Mediated Dilation of Hand-grip Exercises with Ultrasound
  • Melissa Uribe (UIC) - Unraveling the Impact of Critical Consciousness on Minority Youth Mental Health


Outstanding roundtable

  • Jair Moreira (SPI) - Theories of Immigrant Integration
  • Emmanuel Santiago (UIC) - Role of Siderophore-mediated Iron Uptake during Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium Growth in Rich and Iron-limited Media

Honorable Mention

  • Tauren Nelson (SROP) - Trapped at the Bottom: Systemic Racism and its Toll on the Black Woman’s Body
  • Sisa Tixicuro Duque (SROP) - Intercultural Bilingual Education into the Citizen’s Revolution development project in Ecuador

Outstanding Oral Presentation

  • Kevin Allec Arreola (SROP) - Strategic Modulation of Cognitive Control
  • Prosper Diala (UIC) - Role of Phosphomimetic FoxM1 on Liver Damage
  • Alexandra Moore (SROP) - The Optimization of Boiling Heat Transfer on Active Printed Circuit Boards
  • Tauren Nelson (SROP) - Trapped at the Bottom: Systemic Racism and its Toll on the Black Woman’s Body

Honorable Mention

  • Marlen Garcia (UIC) - Civic Engagement at the Youth Connection Charter School
  • Bryan Mejia-Sosa (SPI) - Metabolic Engineering of a Lipid-producing Yeast for the Sustainable Production of Oleochemicals
  • Mathias Morales (McNair) - Cellular Localization and Modular Activity of AB-Type Toxins
  • Timira Taylor (SROP) - The Association of Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates and Anogenital Distance at 4.5 Months of Age