PRECS 2021


PRECS is a program designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on the environment.

Parkland's Dr. C. Britt Carlson and Dr. Nathan Schroeder of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are the program's creators. PRECS is a three-year program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 2019 is the third year of the program.

Students present their research at their home community colleges as well as at Illinois Summer Research Symposium on the University of Illinois campus. This collection contains their work as well as participant videos captured during the research process.




Behavioral Plasticity in Response to Environmental Cues in Poison Frog Tadpoles, Samta Oza, Lisa Surber, and Eva K. Fischer


Bioinformatics Protocol for Assessing Contamination Level and Quality on Genomics Data of Ensifer meliloti, Soohyun Lee, Mario Ceròn Romero, and Katy Heath


Can In Vitro Phenotypes of Fusarium graminearum Indicate In Planta Aggressiveness?, Harrison Hall and Santiago Mideros


Determining the Causal Link of Honey Bee Gut Microbial Composition on Behavioral Maturation, Thi Lan Anh Nguyen, Cassondra L. Vernier, and Gene E. Robinson


Effects of Color Polymorphism and Lighting Environments on Male Bluefin Killifish Behavior, Elijah Davis, Ratna Karatgi, and Becky Fuller


Evaluating the Efficiency in the Application of Transformation and CRISPR/Cas9 Gene-editing Technique on Pumpkins, Min Rung (Nicole) Hsu, Maria Malvino, and Sarah R. Hind


GEMS Student: Biofilm Production in Rhizobia Influences Clover Drought Response, Faith Smith, Kevin Ricks, and Anthony Yannarell


GEMS Student: Can Improved Diet Quality Alleviate Harmful Effects of Pesticides and Viruses in Honey Bees?, Brittney Bailey, Ed Hsieh, and Adam Dolezal


Mapping Traits in a Soybean Recombinant Inbred Line Population, Gabriela Ortiz, Chris Montes, and Lisa Ainsworth


Sometimes, When it Rains it Pours: How Does Flooding Alter Plant-Herbivore Relationships?, Lauren R. Urie, Erinn Dady, and Esther N. Ngumbi


The Effects of Forest Management Practices on Wild Bee Abundance and Functional Traits, Harvey Vela, Marissa H. Chase, and Alexandra Harmon-Threatt


The Genetics of Aggression in Unique Three-Spined Stickleback Populations, Megan Tucker, Colby Behrens, and Alison M. Bell


GEMS Student: Brittney Bailey, Brittney Bailey

GEMS Student: Faith Smith, Faith Smith


Nature & Nurture: Examining How Diverse Organisms Adapt to Changes in their Everyday Environment., Brittney Bailey, Soohyun Lee, and Faith Smith

PRECS Participant: Amiyah Moore, Amiyah Moore

PRECS Participant: Anh Nguyen, Thi Lan Anh Nguyen

PRECS Participant: Elijah Davis, Elijah Davis

PRECS Participant: Harrison Hall, Harrison Hall

PRECS Participant Interview: Harvey Vela, Harvey Vela

PRECS Participant: Lauren Urie, Lauren Urie

PRECS Participant: Megan Tucker, Megan Tucker

PRECS Participant: Min Rung "Nicole" Hsu, Min Rung (Nicole) Hsu

PRECS Participant: Samta Oza, Samta Oza

PRECS Participant: Soohyun Lee, Soohyun Lee

PRECS Student: Gabi Ortiz, Gabriela Ortiz