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Welcome to PRECS

PRECS students and leadership

PRECS: Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students is an opportunity for 10 community college students to conduct research for 10 weeks during the summer. PRECS is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, located in Urbana, IL, and Parkland College, located Champaign, IL. The program will begin with a boot camp at Parkland College on topics ranging from specific laboratory methods to discussions of research ethics. Students will then join a research immersion program within a research lab at the University of Illinois in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on environment. Possible research projects include but are not limited to the interaction between genotype and ozone pollution on maize growth, the effect of environmental stress on neuroanatomy, and the interactions of genes and environment on fish behavior. Students will present their research at their home community college as well as at an undergraduate research symposium on the University of Illinois campus.

PRECS encourages applications from students from underrepresented groups.

Highlights

  • $5500 stipend
  • Housing and food allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • 10-wk summer program including a boot camp to develop research skills followed by a research immersion

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full time commitment to 10 week program
  • Current community college student
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Successful completion of General Biology I (required)
  • Successful completion of General Chemistry I (preferred)

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: January 15
  • Application Deadline: March 15
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 15
  • Pre-program Activities Deadline: May 20
  • Program Session: 5/23/18-8/1/18

Questions? Please contact PRECS@igb.illinois.edu for more information.

All site photos taken by Cindy Smith, courtesy of Parkland College