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Welcome to PRECS

Thank you for your interest in PRECS. This program is no longer running, but you might be interested in a new program that is replacing PRECS, MICRO-CCS.

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.


  • $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

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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

Questions? Please contact or 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.


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