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IC science students awarded at statewide meeting


Several Illinois College students were recognized for their student-faculty research at the 111th Annual Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting hosted at Bradley University.

A total of six faculty and 12 students from IC attended the meeting, presenting their research in a variety of scientific fields during judged sessions including poster and oral presentations. Illinois College was among 12 colleges and universities from the state were represented. 

Those students from IC who were honored with first place awards include, Megan Price ’21, recognized for her research in collaboration with Dr. Miranda Karban, assistant professor of biology, in the category of anthropology and archeology; and Luigi Erba ’20 and Vivswan Shah ’21, for their work in collaboration with Dr. Pratheesh Jakkala, assistant professor of physics, in the category of physics, astronomy and mathematics. 

Second place finishers include Eric Huntemann ’19 who collaborated on research with Dr. Paul Hamilton, assistant professor of biology, and competed in the category of cellular, molecular and developmental biology; and Sabrina Doyle ’20 who worked with Bryan Arnold, assistant professor of biology, and placed in the zoology category. 

Other students who presented student-faculty research include Lauren Estes ’19, Brenna Garland ’19, Madison Peyton ’20, Siri Phuangthong ’21, Elijah Rhoad ’19, Miguel Tellez ’21 and Juta Wowoe ’22.

The Illinois State Academy of Science is dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and the unification of scientific interests in Illinois. Illinois College will host the 112th Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Academy of Science on April 3-4, 2020. 

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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