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UIS Research Centers and Academic Facilities

The following faculty have expressed an interest in mentoring an undergraduate student in a research, scholarly or creative activity. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty member directly, using the department link.

    Topics    Department   
Bonacum, James    genetics of the chambered nautilus    BIO   
Chan, Hei-Chi    Number Theory, q-series, work inspired by Ramanujan    MAT   
Chen, Hua    C and N dynamics in restored wetlands    BIO   
Dong, Lan     Asian American literature and culture, children’s literature, comics and graphic narratives    ENG   
Dungey, Keenan    nanotechnology, chemistry of water quality    CHE   
Fisher, Lynn     archaeology, landscape history, European prehistory    SOA   
Gilman-Opalsky, Richard     Political philosophy, social theory, history of ideology    PSC   
Holden, Matthew, Jr.    Executive politics; political; power; race; public policy; science and government; Lincoln Presidency    PSC   
Johnson, Stephen    biochemistry of toxins, mass spectroscopy of proteins    CHE   
Jordan, Gwen     history, race, gender and law    LES   
Kent, Holly    Women’s Studies, Antebellum US History    HIS   
Klingshirn, Marc    green chemistry, ionic liquids    CHE   
Kurtz, Roxanne    Contemporary analytic metaphysics, liberal multiculturalism    PHI   
Lemke, Michael    microbial communities, aquatic ecology    BIO   
Martin, John    analyzing stellar explosions with Hubble    ASP   
McEuen, Amy    tallgrass prairie restoration and management    BIO   
Miller, Keith    computer ethics, robot ethics, software testing    CSC   
Morsch, Layne    Green organic chemistry, antimicrobial plant extracts ganizational climate    CHE   
Neginsky, Rosina     Literature, Theology and Art History (mainly painting and sculpture)    LIS   
Reinke/Pressley, Karen     Attention, Emotion, and electroencephalography (EEG)    PSY   
Ruez, Dennis    environmental change, vertebrate paleontology, paleoecology    ENS   
Shen, Frances    Counseling Psychology, Multicultural and Diversity Issueses, Asian American Psychology    PSY   
Stamatis, Yona     Music research projects, anthropology/sociology of music, social justice issues    AMT   
Switzer, Carrie    Non-traditional students, motivation, barriers to education    PSY   
Vazquez, Lucia    DNA barcodes for oak species    BIO   
Walsh, Benjamin    Workplace mistreatment, training effectiveness, and organization    MGT   
Yoder, Marcel     Social psychology, self-enhancement, person perseption, sport psychology    PSY   


Each department at UIS has different opportunities for students to engage in the research process. Speak to your academic advisor for specific details in your program.

For example, some departments have separate independent research courses (CHE 400, BIO 400). Others have a research methods course followed by an independent study course (PSY 302…). In some programs, a research project is required for departmental honors (eg. PSC). And the CAP Honors program requires each student to complete an interdisciplinary project for their senior thesis.

Whether or not your program offers a course in research, you can still earn college credit through  Internship Services. The Internships and Prior Learning Services office  has information on local internships that involve original research projects. Someof these internships pay students, and all of them qualify for ECCE Engagement Experience credit. You can even design your own internship project  with a UIS faculty member to participate in research on campus.

Local Opportunities

Faculty collaborate with several local off-campus researchers.

Contact us for a current list of opportunities.


UIS is a proud member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts and Colleges. Through a grant from the Teagle Foundation, students at any of the 26 member institutions may work on an undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor from another institution using online technologies. Contact Dr. Dungey for information on how to apply to the distance mentored undergraduate research project.


Conferences and Publications

  • International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities This journal represents a grass-roots effort to support and advance undergraduate scholarship in all academic disciplines at institutions across the country and around the world.
  • ISAS
  • Journal of Student Research The Journal of Sudent Research is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research.
  • NCUR
    National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Publishes proceedings.
  • Metamorphosis
    Metamorphosis is an online journal of undergraduate research published by COPLAC. Up to two students per semester from a member institution may be published. Contact Dr. Keenan Dungey for instructions on how to submit a manuscript.Check with your advisor about disciplinary conferences.
  • Online Learning Journals
    The UIS Center for Online Learning,  Research and Service provides links to a wide variety of online learning journals.

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