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Joseph Antonacci

Joseph Antonacci
Senior, Breese, Ill.

Joseph is examining the cost and efficiency of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle in the production of energy from fossil fuels, namely coal.


Megan Archer

Megan Archer
Junior, Columbia, Ill.

Megan is researching the bioavailability and toxicity of environmental pollutants by looking at the polarity of contaminants.


Amanda Baumgartner

Amanda Baumgartner
Senior, Mundelein, Ill.

Amanda is studying the foraging habits of rats and examining how they respond to a daily change in their environment.


Trey Beckerman

Trey Beckerman
Senior, Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Trey is looking at how randomly changing the difficulty of practicing any task compares to the traditional approach of making practice harder as time progresses.


Alexis Bergman

Alexis Bergman
Junior, Quincy, Ill.

Alexis is investigating through analysis of mitochondrial DNA, whether what is now considered a single species of squid actually is several distinct species.


Scott Bradfield

Scott Bradfield
Senior, Quincy, Ill.

Scott’s research involves determining the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles at environmentally relevant concentrations.


Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown
Junior, Effingham, Ill.

Jenny’s work involves analyzing the anticancer compounds in herbal remedies, specifically Isatis tinctoria(Chinese woad).


Steven Ebers

Steven Ebers
Junior, Cutler, Ill.

Steven is testing if blocking testosterone in early development of mice will impact the number of Leydig cells in the test subjects.


Yuri Fedorovich

Yuri Fedorovich
Senior, Marion, Ill.

Yuri’s project deals with the role of sensory experience in the proper development of sensory motor circuitry in the central nervous system.


Rachel Frichtl

Rachel Frichtl
Senior, Newton, Ill.

Rachel is experimenting with the use of waste cottage cheese as an efficient food source for finishing swine.


Brogan Gust

Brogan Gust
Junior, Elgin, Ill.

Brogan is looking into the possibility of hyper polarizing Xenon gas for detection in MRI applications.


Derrick Haan

Derrick Haan
Senior, Lansing, Ill.

Derrick is looking for correlations in recovery from traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic disorder.


Jason Henry
Senior, Lake Elizabeth, Calif.

Jason’s research is to discover why stomata in some plant species function differently than in most plants.


Brock Kabat

Brock Kabat
Senior, Scheller, Ill.

Brock  is studying the role of the FOX01 transcription factor in natural cell death with an eye toward potential applications in cancer treatment.


Robert Kohler

Robert Kohler
Senior, Winfield, Ill.

Robert is producing his own original film, “George’s Cave,” a narrative/experimental look into how people deal with their own memories.


Loran Leuhr

Loran Luehr
Senior, Steeleville, Ill.

Loran is developing a food sustainability educational program for the Girl Scouts of the USA.


Danielle McGrew

Danielle McGrew
Senior, Flora, Ill.

Danielle is documenting the legacy and struggles of family farms through photography and audio-visual productions.


Caitlin Moliske

Caitlin Moliske
Junior, Taylorville, Ill.

Caitlin is investigating the role of DEAF-1 in apoptosis in cells, particularly human cancer cells.


Chris Peters

Chris Peters
Senior, Downers Grove, Ill.

Chris is testing a theory that the frequency and severity of floods occurring before the use of flood gauges can be determined through analysis of the trees in flood plains.


Julie Schroeter

Julie Schroeter
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.

Julie is looking at the effect of neuropeptides on the appetites of channel catfish.


Lindsay Shupert

Lindsay Shupert
Senior, Batavia, Ill.

Lindsay will be testing a theory about the reproduction and vitality ofAchyranthes japonica (Japanese chaff flower) near water sources.


Jessica Stout

Jessica Stout
Senior, Rochester, Ill.

Jessica is testing the effectiveness of a soy protein-based compound in enhancing recovery after a stroke.


Jessica Suchon

Jessica Suchon
Junior, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jessica will be developing a collection of original poems designed to raise awareness of domestic abuse issues.