Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students

PRECS is a program designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences in the area of phenotypic plasticitythe 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 a three-year program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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.

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Submissions from 2018

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PRECS Participant: Jessica Alvarez, Jessica Alvarez and Parkland College

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Methamphetamine Effects on Adolescent Brain Development in Both Sexes, Jessica Alvarez, Sarah Westbrook, and Joshua Gulley

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Finding dex-1 Phenotype Suppressing Components, Matthew Barnum, Kristen Flatt, and Nathan E. Schroeder

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PRECS Participant: Matthew Barnum, Matthew Barnum and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Lily Feeny, Lily Feeney

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PRECS Participant: Allison Houghton, Allison Houghton and Parkland College

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Identifying KIF Subtype that Mediates Axonal Targeting of Kv7 Channels, Allison Houghton, Jennifer Walters, Mary Hong, Dhruv Joshi, and Hee Jung Chung

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Production of Bioactive Isothiocyanates by Bacterial Myrosinase, Juan Isaiz, Xiaoji Liu, and Michael J. Miller

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PRECS Participant: Juan Isaiz, Juan Isaiz and Parkland College

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Sperm-mediated Effects of Predation Risk on Reproduction in Male Threespined Sticklebacks, Shayne Kempfer, Erika Carlson, Jennifer Hellmann, Jason Keagy, and Alison Bell

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PRECS Participant: Shayne Kempfer, Shayne Kempfer and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Seldon Kwafo, Seldon Kwafo

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PRECS Participant: Jami Martin, Jamilyn Martin

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The Effect of Imidacloprid on Honey Bee Queen Fecundity, Jamilyn Martin, Julia D. Fine, Amy Cash-Ahmed, and Gene E. Robinson

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PRECS Participant: Helen Senerchia, Helen Senerchia

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Phosphorus vs. Mycorrhiza: Mitigation of Lead Uptake in Tomatoes, Helen Senerchia, Liz Miernicki, and Andrew Margenot

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PRECS Participant: Amber Toussaint, Amber Toussaint

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How Does Climate Change Affect Endophytic Fungi?, Amber Toussaint, Natalie Christian, and Katy Heath

Submissions from 2017

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Determining Effects of Heat Stress on Illinois Soybeans, Ava Alford, Charles Burroughs, and Lisa Ainsworth

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PRECS Participant: Ava Alford, Ava Alford and Parkland College

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IVD Formation in Monodelphis domestica, Emma C.B. Gray, Jen Maier, and Karen Sears

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PRECS Participant: Emma Gray, Emma C.B. Gray and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Staci Hammer, Staci E. Hammer and Parkland College

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GIRK2 and GABABR1 Downregulate in Response to TTX as GIRK2, GABABR1, and GABABR2 Are Not Affected by BC Treatment, Staci E. Hammer, Amanda Weiss, and Hee Jung Chung

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You Are What You Eat: Food-Drug Interaction in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera), Allison G. Kelley, Liao Ling-Hsiu, and May Berenbaum

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PRECS Participant: Allison Kelley, Allison G. Kelley and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Kayla Kulinski, Kayla Kulinksi and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Elliot Ping, Eva C. Ping and Parkland College

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Thick Slice Clarity for Localization of Novel Neuroactive Target Gene Products, Eva C. Ping, Michael C. Saul, and Lisa Stubbs

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PRECS Participant: Cassandra Smith, Cassandra Smith and Parkland College

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Neuroanatomical Tracing of the Gut -- Brain Axis, Ricardo P. Torres, Elizabeth A. Davis, Coltan G. Parker, and Megan J. Dailey

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PRECS Participant: Ricardo Torres, Ricardo P. Torres and Parkland College

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PRECS Participant: Aaron West, Aaron K. West and Parkland College

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Soybean Cyst Nematode Hatching Behavior, Aaron K. West, Sita Thapa, and Nathan E. Schroeder