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 2019

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Fungal Endophytes Interact with Endophytic Yeast Isolated from Soybean Leaves, Baldemar Basurto, Natalie Christian, and Katy Heath

Precs Participant: Baldemar Basurto, Baldemar Basurto and Parkland College

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Plasticity or local adaptation?: Survival of L. parva larvae in varying salinity, Kaitlyn Cortez, Lauren McDaniel, and Becky Fuller

Precs Participant: Kaitlyn Cortez, Kaitlyn Cortez and parkland college

Precs Participant: Erinn Dady, Erinn Dady and Parkland College

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Verification of Successful Kainic Acid Injections in a Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Mouse Model, Adrian J. Garcia, Robbie J. Ingram, and Catherine A. Christian

Precs Participant: Adrian Garcia, Adrian Garcia and Parkland College

Precs Participant: Keirsten Kline, Keirsten Kline

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Construction of a Tn5 mutant library in Xanthomonas cucurbitae, Keirsten Kline, Rikky Rai, and Sarah R. Hind

Precs Participant: Justina Lee, Justina Lee and Parkland College

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Direct Impacts of Heat Stress on Illinois Soybeans, Jessica O'Connor, Charles Burroughs, and Lisa Ainsworth

Precs Participant: Jessica O’Connor, Jessica O'Connor and Parkland College

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Effects of Systemic Influenza Infection on Remyelination in an Animal Model, Isiah Ramos, Allison Louie, and Andrew Steelman

Precs Participant: Isiah Ramos, Isiah Ramos and Parkland College

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Stress Induced Remodeling in the Nematode C. elegans, Becky Rose, Rebecca Androwski, and Nathan E. Schroeder

Precs Participant: Becky Rose, Becky Rose and Parkland College

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Comparative Efficacy of Novel Endolysins in Queso Fresco, Daniella Smith, Maxwell J. Holle, and Dr. Michael Miller

Precs Participant: Daniella Smith, Daniella Smith and Parkland College

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Effects of Mycorrhizae on Struvite Dissolution Can plant-fungus mutualism increase the viability of a sustainable phosphorus fertilizer?, Isako Battista Di Tomassi, Erinn Dady, Neha Chatterjee, and Andrew Margenot

Precs Participant: Isako Di Tomassi, Isako Di Tomassi and Parkland College

Precs Participant: Jessica Trueblood, Jessica Trueblood and Parkland College

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