Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS) - Summer 2017


Wed, 5/24/2017 - Wed, 7/26/2017

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    For current community college students. See Eligibility section in Description for full details.


University of Illinois and Parkland College in Champaign-Urbana, IL


Parent Program(s):

  • Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology




Content Area(s):


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 and Parkland College.

The program will begin with a two-week 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 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.

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)

Registration & Stipends

  • $5,500 stipend
  • Housing and food allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Visit the PRECS How to Apply webpage for registration links and full details

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2017
  • Pre-program Activities Deadline: May 20, 2017
  • Program Session: 5/24/17-7/26/17

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