Dr. Julie Libarkin – keynote speaker at the SCSE Research Symposium

We had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Julie Libarkin, Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at Michigan State University, as the keynote speaker at the SCSE 11th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, September 27, 2019. Dr. Libarkin’s talk, “Drawing on Science”, focused on research that analyzes drawings to understand how people perceive, understand, and make decisions about the Earth.

New MARC scholars inducted at the SCSE Research Symposium

New MARC Scholars were inducted at the Student Center for Science Engagement 11th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, September 27, 2019. Vada Becker and Luis Aldama were admitted into the program for the full scholarship, while four very deserving students, Lawannah Boyden, Nadine Fields, Annie Fritz, and Christian Palaguachi, were accepted as pre-MARC scholars.

Our scholars also presented their summer research projects at the SCSE Symposium.

Dr. Church wins Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award

Dr. Church has received the 2019 Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor Award award during graduation. Dr. Bernard J. Brommel, Professor Emeritus, Communication, Media and Theatre, established this award to be given annually to the tenured/tenure-track faculty who best demonstrate excellence in research and scholarship.  This is the 13th year that this award has been presented to NEIU faculty. As the Brommel Distinguished Research Professor, Dr. Church will be presenting her research during the Fall 2019 semester.


MARC U-STAR Thesis Defenses

Josué Franco and André Herrera successfully defended their research theses on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Both Josué and André worked under the supervision of Dr. Shannon Saszik, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. Josué presented his research on “Post traumatic brain injury effects on mobility, social anxiety, and olfaction in the zebrafish model,” while André presented his research “Ganglion cell contribution to the zebrafish ERG.” André and Josué are going to continue their graduate studies at Michigan State University. Congratulations and all the best in the future, Josué and André!!

MARC Alumnus Robert Fidis Advocating for Science Funding

Our very own MARC alumnus, Robert Fidis, along with three other graduate students from Michigan State University, went to Capitol Hill to talk to different representatives regarding the importance of science funding.

To read more on the students’ experience in Capitol Hill, please check out the MSU news release: https://natsci.msu.edu/news/msu-biochemistry-graduate-students-advocate-for-science-on-capitol-hill/

MARC Scholars with Guest Speaker Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga

Dr. Gustavo Arrizabalaga, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine, was invited to give a seminar titled “The curious life of the Toxoplasma gondii mitochondrion.” The MARC scholars had an opportunity to have lunch with him to discuss science and graduate school application process. February 19, 2019