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, 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, Nicole (Min Rung) 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