Alumna Margo Odiko-Pim smiling outdoors with trees in the background

Friday, July 13, 2018

The past two weeks have featured inspirational student stories at Northeastern Illinois University. This week, we shift to the College of Arts and Sciences to focus on a Psychology graduate who recently returned from presenting her research at a conference in Amsterdam. Read about Margo Odiko-Pim and much more in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

A leader in studying leadership

Margo Odiko-Pim (pictured above) graduated in December 2017, but her work with Northeastern did not end there. As a Psychology major, Odiko-Pim conducted research on black children’s perceptions of who is fit to be a leader. That effort earned her a $1,000 Student Travel Award scholarship from the NEIU Foundation to present her research at the 48th Annual Conference of the Jean Piaget Society in Amsterdam in the summer of 2018. The experience was cultural, educational and unforgettable. Read about Odiko-Pim’s journey as she prepares to enter graduate school.

EAGER grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Northeastern a one-year, $150,000 grant to facilitate research into the development of a genetic system directing multicellular development of Myxobacteria, known as a social bacterium that moves and feeds cooperatively in predatory, multicellular groups. The project, which is funded by an Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER), will be led by Associate Professor of Biology Emina Stojković. She will be joined by Biology graduate students Juan Sanchez and Melissa Carrillo, and undergraduate students Alberto Orama, Denisse Feliz and Moraima Noda.

And there’s more!

To do

High School Band Camp

The Department of Music and Dance will host its first Summer High School Band Camp from July 22-27. Northeastern faculty, staff, students and alumni will work together to provide a weeklong day camp with a spectacular experience. Registrants may use promo code BCscholar100 to receive a full tuition scholarship. The University community is invited to the camp’s final concert at 5 p.m. July 27 in the Auditorium.

Mark your calendar!


Earth Science student Maaz Fareedi at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota.

Earth Science

If you have ever wondered what Northeastern’s students do during their summer internships, check out the Department of Earth Science’s Facebook page, which is filled with field work photos, links and stories about students such as Maaz Fareedi (pictured above), who is blogging about his Mosaics in Science internship at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota.

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