The 2020 application period for Student Research Grants closed on October 23, 202o.
Awards will be announced in December.
The next application period will option in September 2021.

The Illinois State Academy of Science annually awards grants and makes presentation awards to our student members in support of developing science achievement. In addition, faculty and research members periodically receive special recognition awards.

T.K. Vinod, WIU-Chemistry, receiving ISAS Fellows recognition at Annual Meeting held April 5&6, 2019, at Bradley University.

Illinois State Academy of Science, itself, received 2018 Best of Springfield Award due to its service and promotion of science.

Student Research Grants

  • Competitive grants are awarded annually to Illinois high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who are members of the Illinois State Academy of Science.
  • High school awards are up to $200 each, undergraduate awards are up to $500, each and graduate awards are up to $1,000 each.
  • Online proposals will be accepted in September via the online application portal and announced in December each year.
  • Previous Student Research Award recipients.

2021 Recipients

Katelynn Fuller-Svarz, Eastern Illinois University
Molecular Probe to Detect GCPII Expression

Carl Namini, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Behavioral and Biochemical Characterization of PFOS Toxicity in Fruit Flies

Madison Chao, Western Illinois University
Simultaneous Quantification and Confirmation of all Acidic Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Equine Plasma for Doping Control in Horse Racing by Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry

Averi Hubert, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
Expression and Characterization of Novel Plant NADPH P50 Reductases

Student Presentation Awards

2019 Recipients

Agriculture Division

  • Oral Presentation
    • 1st place – Opeyemi Oduniyi, Western Illinois University
      Growth and Gene Expression of Soybean during Germination under High Salinity Stress and Salicylic Acid

Anthropology & Archaeology Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place – Megan Price, Illinois College
      Homo sapiens Nasal Aperture Shape

Botany Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Monica Berviller, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Allelopathic Potential of Fresh Leaf Extracts from Japanese Hop (Humulus japonicus)
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Sara Johnson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Effect of Soluble Salt on the Germination of Thuja occidentalis
  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Nicholas Emory, Western Illinois University
      Gene Expression of Soybeans (Glycine max) in Response to Inoculation with Trichoderma Fungi

Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Sarah McMillan, Bradley University
      Exploring the Role of Trehalose and Trehalose-6-Phosphate Synthase in Oxidative Stress Response in Fusarium verticillioides
    • 2nd place – Eric Huntemann, Illinois College
      Investigating the Role of the Cornea Stroma During X. laevis Lens Regeneration
    • 3rd place – Abby Brown, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Impact of Light Intensity on Chlorophyll levels in the ggpps11-1 Mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Viet Bui, Eastern Illinois University
      Xylan Metabolism by Caulobacter crescentus
    • 2nd place – Jordyn Grawe, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Potential Involvement of Berberine Bridge Enzyme-Like Genes in Arabidopsis thaliana Leaf Development
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Jack Blank, Bradley University
      The Characterization of Highly Adaptable Biocompatabile Nanomaterials for the Integration, Differentiation, and Transplantation of Stem Cells
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Hashni Epa Vidana Gamage, Eastern Illinois University
      Sulfamethoxazole Retards Growth and Reproduction in C. elegans by Inhibiting Folate Biosynthesis
    • 2nd place – Jessica Haines, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Optimization and Application of Behavioral Analysis on the Planarian Flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea

Chemistry Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Dalton Moss, Western Illinois University
      Total Flavonoid Concentration in Tea
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Tiwalola Ogunleye, Western Illinois University
      Quantification of Naproxen in Equine Plasma for Doping Control in Horse Racing using High Performance Liquid Chromatography with UV Detection Coupled with Strong Anion Solid Phase
    • 2nd place – Rebecca Haughey, Western Illinois University
      Determination of Phosphate and Nitrate Concentration in Soil and Water Samples

Computer Science Division

  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Justin Doty, Western Illinois University
      Virtualizing and Visualizing Social Interactions for Teaching Social Skills

Earth Science Division

  • Posters
    • 1st place – Jacob Watson & Alexander Kerley, Eastern Illinois University
      Pier Scouring

Environmental Science Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Amanda Fix, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Determination and Characterization of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Neurotoxicity in Fruit Flies
    • 2nd place – Krista Springer, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Determination of Sublethal Concentrations and Effects of Imidacloprid in Female Drosophila melanogaster
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Tochukwu Ekwonna, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Remediation of Selenium-Contaminated Wastewater Using Municipal Biosolids and Drinking Water Treatment Residuals
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Carl Namini, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
      Exposures to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Elicit Neurotoxicity in Drosophila melanogaster
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Grace Wilkin, Eastern Illinois University
      The EIU Compost Project: Recycling Food Waste to Grow More Food

Health Sciences Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Raisa Zamacona-Gonzalez, Millikin University
      Isotype Switching and Spleen Development in Rana catesbeiana
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Kaitlyn Stanton, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
      Activated Zinc Mouth Rinse Reduces Inflammatory Cytokine Expression in a Gingival Epithelium Injury Model
  • Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Callie Mincy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Cancer Cohort Matrix Induces Adhesion Molecule Expression Differences in Salivary Gland Cells

Microbiology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Jennifer Houser, Bradley University
      Antibiotic Properties of Newly Synthesized δ-Lactone Derivative
    • 2nd place – Jacob Haines, Millikin University
      Use of Combined Phage Exposure in Minimizing the Development of Anti-Phage Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – Xiomy Pinchi-Davila, Western Illinois University
      Description of Novel Endophytic Taxa within the Pleosporales and Evaluation of their Role on Plant Growth
    • 2nd place – Negar Zeti-Mahboob, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Bacteriophage Treatment in a Social Amoebae Host Reduces Burkholderia bonniea Bacterial Infections
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Audrey Rex, Eastern Illinois University
      Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Loci in Waste Water and Fresh Water
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Maria-Jose Romero-Jimenez, Western Illinois University
      Multigene Characterization of Darksidea Isolates and Description of a New Species

Physics, Mathematics, & Astronomy Division

  • Undergraduate Poster Presentations
    • 1st place – Luigi Erba & Vivswan Shah, Illinois College
      Simultaneous Morse Code Telegraphy using Arduino UNOs
    • 2nd place – Clara Barclay, Western Illinois University
      Compositional Dependence of Fluorescence Properties in Rare-Earth Ion-Doped Bismuth Borate Glasses
  • Graduate Poster Presentations
    • 1st place – Michael Adetunji, Western Illinois University
      Optical Properties of Samarium (Sm) and Europium (Eu) Co-Doped Bismuth Telluro-Borate Glasses

Zoology Division

  • Undergraduate Posters
    • 1st place – Dylan Gladson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      The Origin of Ants: Circumventing the Hegemony of Wings
    • 2nd place – Sabrina Doyle, Illinois College
      The Effects of Prescribed Burns on Bat Activity and Species Composition in a Forested Landscape
    • 3rd place – Meredith Artime, Millikin University
      Seroprevalence of Pasteurella multocida, the Causative Agent of Avian Cholera, among Free-Living Birds in Central Illinois
  • Graduate Posters
    • 1st place – David Seidel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Effects of Shell Size, Shape, and Density on the Crush Resistance of a Freshwater Snail
    • 2nd place – Jeremy Howard, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Evaluating the Use of Barnhart Silos for Reintroducing Hatchery-Reared Juvenile Mussels in Two Central Illinois Watersheds
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Naomi Klingbeil, Millikin University
      Does Length of Stay in Rehabilitation Influence the Magnitude of the Acute Stress Response in Birds of Prey?
  • Graduate Oral Presentations
    • 1st place – Jeremy Howard, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
      Movement and Microhabitat Selection in Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans)

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.

2018 Recipients

Samantha Danguilan, Northwestern University/Chicago Botanical Garden

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)