Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium

The Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS) starts today (4/17/19). This campus-wide, three-day program features all types of students (undergraduate, graduate, on campus, online) presenting the results of their research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium 2019

Experience Engaged

The projects presented at STARS are the result of faculty-mentored hands-on experiential learning by students at UIS. Our students actively pursue study abroad, service learning, case studies, as well as research, art, and music performance opportunities. Such high-impact learning practices were recently recognized in the UIS Strategic Compass as one of our strategic pillars, Experience Engaged.

UIS chemistry students conduct electrochemical experiment

Career Development

Skills developed during STARS, such as professionalism, communications, networking, and project management, prepare students for success in their future careers. Over 90% of UIS students are successful in obtaining employment or subsequent education within 12 months of graduation.

Hannah Trad (PSC ’18) shares her STARS experience.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule,

UIS Students Publish

My prior blog entries have highlighted publication by UIS faculty. UIS students also publish their scholarship. In particular, this academic year, three groups of undergraduates have published:

The Capital Scholars Honors program publishes a journal of student scholarly and creative work, called Continuum. The most recent publication, Volume 6, hit the web a few days ago, and features the work of six honors students in various forms, from interdisciplinary research articles to photographs to poems.

Biology Major, Nana Quainoo, co-authored an article published in Frontiers in Genetics. The research, conducted during her internship with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine professor Andrzej Bartke, relates certain mutations in mice to long life.

Students in the Teacher Education Program wrote a peer reviewed article for Wikipedia during their “Managing the Diverse Classroom” course with assistant professor Jennifer Martin. Visit the full article to read more of their story.

Cassidy Yates, Kelly Mast, Lauren Reichert, and Ashley Brown
Teacher Education students: Cassidy Yates, Kelly Mast, Lauren Reichert, and Ashley Brown

They will present about their experience at the Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium on the campus of UIS April 17-19, 2019.  The full schedule is available at

Additional student publications include The Alchemist Review, which is launched annually at STARS.  A literary and arts magazine, written and edited by students, has been published for over thirty years.  A similar publication for graduate students is published online, called Uproot.

Other UIS student scholarly products, including Undergraduate Research Award winners, can be found on the university’s repository, IDEALS.  Search the Brookens Library – UIS/Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award Winners.