Awards

The Illinois State Academy of Science awards multiple grants each year, with most recognizing the developing science achievement of our student members.  These include:

Student Research Grants

  • Up to $1,500 is awarded annually to Illinois high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. High school awards are up to $100 each, undergraduate awards are up to $250, each and graduate awards are up to $500 each. Previous Student Research Award recipients.
  • Online proposals are accepted early October through early January, with awards are announced in early March. Click to Apply
  • Only student members may apply. If you are not yet a member, see our membership page to join online.
  • 2017 Recipients

    • Kaysaw Tuy,  Bradley University
      Assessing the Lethality of Genetically Engineered Wharton’s Jelly Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells co-cultured with HEY cells as a Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
    • Daniel Karcher, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Determining the Functions of Two Predicted dicer Genes in the Model Mushroom Fungus Schizophyllum commune
    • Elyse Schnabel, Millikin University
      The Effects of Ammonium Sulfate Fertilizer on Cortisol Levels in Juvenile Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Student Presentation Awards

Agriculture Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place - Nichole Miller, Western Illinois University
      Effects of Seed Embryo Orientation on Moisture Uptake and Zea mays Germination and Emergence
    • 1st place - Keely Egelhoff, Western Illinois University
      Can Innovative Marketing Strategies Impact Projected Market Share Sales of Impending 2000R John Deere Series Compact Tractors in 2017?

Botany Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Annalise Ankney, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Changes in the Density of Exotic and Native Woody Understory Species in the SIUE Nature Preserve 2008-2016
    • 2nd place - Yao Luxia, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Accessing Patterns of Arthropod Abundance in Illinois Grasslands
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Eric Ntiamoah, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Restoration of Grasslands Invaded by Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata): Seed Bank Biology
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentation
    • 1st place - Adam Herdman, Illinois College
      An Update on Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) Populations in Florida and Cuba, with Special Reference to Seedling Recruitment
  • Graduate Oral Presentation
    • 1st place - Noah Dell, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Assessing the Robustness of Numerical Clustering Methods for Use in Vegetation Classification
    • 2nd place - Hana Thixton, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Identification of Site-Specific Mycorrhizal Fungi Associates of the Federally Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) in Illinois

Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Jack Blank, Bradley University
      Optimization of Polycaprolactone and Collagen-Based Nanofiber Scaffolds for the Proliferation of Autologous Stem Cells
    • Honorable Mention - Emily Wade, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Evaluation of the Role of Light in Fruiting Body Formation in the Fungus Schizophyllum umbrinum as compared to its sister species, Schizophyllum commune
    • Honorable Mention - Joshua Ginzel, Bradley University
      The Influence of 3D Spheroid Formation on Neural Differentiation Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Oluwabukola Ajasa, Western Illinois University
      Gene Expression of Corn Earworm in Response to Infection by Serratia marcescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Honorable Mention - Sophia Wirth, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Sexual Development Affects Volatile Production of Schizophyllum commune
    • Honorable Mention -  Ivan Ayala, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The NuA4 Histone Acetyltransferase Complex Affects Epigenetic Regulation of Regeneration in Schmidtea mediterranea
    • Honorable Mention - Devin Wall, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Effects of L-Dopa on Brux-Like Motor Patterns and Mastication: EMG Phase Analysis in Rats
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Jonathan Tiessen, Bradley University
      Enhanced Proliferation of Human Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Cell Scaffolds Electrospun with Type 1 Collagen Fibers
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Ammar Al-furaiji, Western Illinois University
      Differential Gene Expression of Helicoverpa zea (Tomato Fruitworm) in Response to Feeding on Different Types of Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Plant Tissues

Chemistry Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Paisley Harper, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Relationship between Antibiotics Found in Wastewater and Receiving Streams
    • 2nd place - Alexander Pixler, Rockford College
      An Ab Initio Study of Physisorption of Carbon Dioxide on Metal-Organic Frameworks
    • 3rd place - Michael Lohman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Mapping Antibiotics in Southwest Illinois from Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Erik Sarnello, Western Illinois University
      Synthesis and Characterization of Solid-State Materials
    • 1st place - Osamah Al-Mohammed Baqer, Western Illinois University
      C-H Bond Chalcogenation and Oxidation of Indole
    • 1st place - Wei Chean Chuah, Western Illinois UniversityIonization of Polar Compounds by Nitrogen Direct Analysis in Real Time

Computer Science Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place - Farzane Yahyanejad, University of Illinois Chicago
      Effect of Gromov-Hyperbolicity Parameter on Cuts and Expansions in Graphs and Some Algorithmic Implications
  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Tanima Chatterjee, University of Illinois Chicago
      On the Computational Complexities of Three Privacy Measures for Large Networks Under Active Attack

Earth Science Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place - Steven Oldham, Eastern Illinois University
      Modeling Sediment Transport in a Stream Channel in Response to Increased Impervious Land Surfaces

Environmental Science Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Shelby Chesko, Millikin University
      Quantification of Lead in Central Illinois Birds of Prey and their Avian Prey Base
    • 2nd place - Edmund Bruning, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Effect of High Sugar and DDT Induced Stress in Longevity of Wild Type Drosophila melanogaster
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Frantz Joseph, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Cellular Adsorption and Speciation of Selenium by Pseudomonas fuscovaginae from Nanoscale Elemental Selenium Particles
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Kayla Tatum, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Weeding Maintenance of Green Roof Systems
    • 2nd place - Caleb Mau, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Thermal Performance of Green Roofs Under Different Maintenance Methods
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Jamie Lange, University of Illinois Springfield
      Spatial Association between Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) and Bison (Bison bison) over Time at Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
    • 2nd place - Lalita Mazgaeen, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Utilization of Nanoparticles to Enhance Knockdown Efficiency of Target Gene Transcripts in the Highly DDT-Resistant 91-R strain of Drosophila melanogaster

Health Sciences Division

  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Callie Mincy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Salivary Gland Cancer Cells Uniquely Re-Express Cell Adhesion Molecules
    • 2nd place - Juliana Phillips, Greenville College
      Effect of Kava (Kavalactones) on Presynaptic and Postsynaptic Cholinergic Neurotransmission in C. elegans

Microbiology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Lance Price, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Housekeeper or Homewrecker? Characterizing Bacteriophages and Investigating their Effects on Amoeba-Burkholderia Symbiosis
    • 2nd place - Brooke Greiner, Eastern Illinois University
      Metabolic Characterization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain ATCC 96581
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Niloufar Khojandi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The More the Merrier? Secondary Bacterial Infections in the Dictyostelium-Burkholderia Symbiosis System
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Adeyemi Olanrewaju, Western Illinois University
      Detection of Thermophilic Fungi in Corn-Based Food Products and Determination of their Optimal Growth Temperature

Physics, Astronomy, & Mathematics Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place - Richard Lambert, Western Illinois University
      Assessing the Detectability of Planet Nine with ALMA and the VLA
  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Angelica Strack, Western Illinois University
      Variability of a Hydroxyl Maser in a Pre-Planetary Nebula

STEM Education Division

  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Megan Corbett, Western Illinois University
      Mobile, Touch Screen Technology as an Aid in Mathematics Education

Zoology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place - Robert Ladner, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Effect of Elevated and Variable Winter Temperatures on Survival and Pace of Development in the Goldenrod Gall Fly, Eurosta solidaginis
    • 2nd place - Amanda Markovich & Tessa England, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Pre-Zygotic Reproductive Isolation among Topminnows in an Artificial Stream System
    • 3rd place - Katie Eckhoff & Madison Baer, Bradley University
      Short Term Effects of Heat and Hypoxia on Zebra Mussels
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place - Nadia Lovko, Bradley University
      The Effects of Elevated Serotonin on Antipredation Behavior in Sexually Dimorphic Stalk-Eyed Flies (Teleopsis dalmanni)
    • 2nd place - Rachel Sullivan, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Handedness is Not Linked to Asynchronous Locomotion in a Basal Anuran
    • 3rd place -  Sierra Semel, Western Illinois University
      Reducing Stereotypic Pacing in Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) and Brown Bears (U. arctos) by Erecting Visual Barriers Between Neighboring Individuals
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Rachael Weber, Millikin University
      Effects of Elevated Corticosterone on Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Northern Leopard Frog Tadpoles
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place - Molly Levy, University of Illinois Springfield
      Movement Ecology of Franklin’s Ground Squirrels (Poliocitellus franklinii) in a Fragmented Landscape
    • 2nd place - Aaron Alexander, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Evaluating the Success of Prairie Restorations in Southwest Illinois in Providing Suitable Habitat for Prairie Birds

Botanical Division Travel Grants

  • Proposals accepted February 1st through March 24th of each year with notification of recipients by April 1st. Online form not yet available. Contact ISAS for information.
  • Advisor support letter required. Online form not yet available. Contact ISAS for information.
  • College undergraduates and graduates compete for up to two $250 awards each year. Previous Botany Travel Grant Award recipients.
  • 2016 Recipients

    • Hana Thixton, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Genetic Diversity of Northern and Southern Orchid Mycorrhizae Found in the Federally Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophaea)

Fellows and Honorary Members

2007 Centennial Award

  • A one-time award given during our centennial celebration of 2007. The recipient best exemplifies a lifetime of scholarly excellence and service. Dr. Roger C. Anderson of Illinois State University received this award in 2007. (Anderson_Bio)