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2023 Illinois Summer Research Symposium Award Recipients Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Illinois Summer Research Symposium Awards. Our campus welcomed nearly 200 scholars from a variety of institutions across the country for the Illinois Summer Research Symposium, an event that features the cutting-edge research, achievement, and creativity of our summer scholars.  Participants presented research developed through the mentorship and training of Illinois faculty members from a wide scope of disciplines. Thank you to the 2023 ISRS participants, judges, and all who made the Symposium a success!

2023 ISRS Award Recipients

Undergraduate Poster Presentations

1st Place:
"Using Dynamic Phase Change Materials with Extended Surfaces to Enhance Electronics Cooling," Venus Fu

2nd Place:
"Code-Switching: The Dynamic Language of a Mixed-Heritage Social Identity," Isabela Castilla

3rd Place (Tie):
"Evaluating the performance of solid-state batteries at sub-1MPa stack pressure," Coleen Aketch
"Activation of Bacterial Gene Expression Via Optogenetics," Jarel Patrick Calara

Undergraduate Oral Presentations

1st Place:
"The Effects of Imidacloprid on Steroidogenic Enzyme Gene Expression in the Female Mouse Ovary," Winter Stubblefield

Graduate Oral Presentations

1st Place:
"Contentious Conversations in the Classroom: The Role of Teachers and Parents in Student Critical Consciousness Development," AJ Espinoza

2nd Place:
"From Shadow to Substance: Black Futurity in the Face of Adversity," Yasmine Adams

3rd Place:
"Are the Kids Alright? Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Black Children and Adolescents," Keyana Imani Diaz