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.
COVID-19 update: We are currently planning on running a program during summer 2021. However, due to the changing nature of the pandemic, it is possible we will need to modify the structure of PRECS or cancel the program entirely.
- $6000 stipend
- Housing and food allowance
- Travel allowance
- 10-wk summer program including a boot camp to develop research skills followed by a research immersion
- Full time commitment to 10 week program
- Current community college student
- US citizen or permanent resident
- Successful completion of General Biology I and General Chemistry I is preferred
- Application Opens: January 15
- Application Deadline: March 1
- Notification of Acceptance: April 15
- Pre-program Activities Deadline: May 23
- Program Session: May 26, 2021 - Aug 4, 2021
Questions? Please contact PRECS@igb.illinois.edu for more information.
All site photos taken by Cindy Smith, courtesy of Parkland College
PRECS is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant #NSF REU 1950819.