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

MARC scholars present at the 10th Annual SCSE Research Symposium

MARC scholars did a great job presenting their summer research at the 10th Annual Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE) Research Symposium on Fri, Sep 21, 2018, an event co-sponsored by the MARC Program for the third year in a row. In addition, new MARC scholars were formally inducted during the Awards Ceremony. They are Natalie Hernandez, Amy Sticha, Moraima Noda, and Sergio Escobar.

Also, MARC proudly sponsored the visit of the keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Sanchez’ research and career path seminar was titled “Visualizing microbial chemistry in situ“. In addition to delivering a great talk, Dr. Sanchez also attended students’ podium and poster presentations.

Below are some pictures from the event.

The MARC team pictured with MARC-invited keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Sanchez (from left to right: Dr. Joseph Hibdon, Dr. Emina Stojkovic, Natalie Hernandez, Josue Franco, Moraima Noda, Juliet Salivo, Amy Sticha, Andre Herrera, Dr. Laura Sanchez, Dr. Breckie Church, and Sergio Escobar).

Natalie presenting the research she conducted over the summer at Penn State University.

Josue’s podium presentation was focused on research he conducted at Michigan State University over the summer.

Andre presented on his summer research project at Michigan State University.