Matt Groters in concert

Scholars in the University Honors Program design their own UHP curriculum by adapting 300-level courses in their major (or minor) for honors credit. By developing research skills and one-on-one relationships with faculty in their field(s), scholars create opportunites to engage in ways they might not otherwise. The profiles below show the range and creativity with which scholars take an active role in their learning.

Courtney Moran

Plant Physiology, ZBio 331 - Dr. Joel Olfelt

I adapted plant physiology with the goal of further developing my scientific public speaking skills. I volunteered at the North Park Village Nature Center leading up to and during the maple festival. I shadowed four field trips; we tapped trees and discussed the physiology, direction of sap flow, and the amount of sap needed to make syrup. During the festival I led tours in which we tasted sap, discussed sap production and the physiology of maple trees and anything else that people always wanted to know about maple syrup but never had a chance to ask.

Daniel Westcott

Dan Westcott at SACNASUndergraduate Research, ZCHEM 399 - Dr. Ken Nicholson

I used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the structure of a light-sensitive protein from a bacterium. Dr. Nicholson used his relationship with the University of Chicago to secure the use of an AFM. I was able to present this work at the American Chemical Society conference and at the Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicano's in Science (pictured). Dr. Nicholson, in cooperation with other NEIU faculty, has since secured grant money that allowed NEIU to purchase their own equipment. This invaluable experience opened the door to the world of research for me.