Established by President Emeritus and Mrs. Robert S. Eckley. The award provides a
4,000 summer stipend for conducting scholarly research under the mentorship of a faculty
member. The program is designed to develop and deepen a student’s creative and research
Endowed in honor of Bruce and Norma Criley’s retirement from the IWU biology department,
the award provides two $4,000 summer stipends for biology students doing research
under the mentorship of a biology faculty member.
The program focuses on the academic, professional and personal growth of the student.
Students have a paid internship and work on a summer-long project servicing the Bloomington-Normal
A sample of recent publications and presentations by IWU biology faculty and students.
Names that have an underline are faculty members and those in bold are undergraduate
Straznickas, B., W.B. Jaeckle. 2017. Feeding on the unseen: Ingestion and assimilation of bacteriophages by Brachionus plicatilis (Rotifera). Integrative Biology 57(1): E163.
Bollivar, DW, Bernardoni B, Bockman MR, Miller BM, Delesalle VA, Krukonis GP, Cross MR, Szewczyk MM, Eppurath A, Russell DA, & Hatfull GF (2016): The complete genome sequence of 6 bacteriophages
that infect Rhodobacter capsulatus. Genome Announcement. Published online 2016 May
26. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00051-16
Oshiro, T. R., Ende, R. J., Beehler, B., Videau, P., and Loralyn M. Cozy “Dynamic regulation of cell division in differentiating heterocysts in Anabaena sp.
strain PCC 7120.” In preparation.
Rivers, O. S., Videau, P., Hurd, K. L., Ushijima, B., Oshiro, R. T., Ende, R. J., O’Hanlon S. and Loralyn M. Cozy (2016) “HetP and its Homologs Modulate Heterocyst Commitment in Anabaena sp. Strain
PCC 7120.” Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 113(45): E6984–E6992
Murphy, J.P., M.T. Swanson, W.B. Jaeckle & R.G. Harper (2015): Corrosion casts: a novel application of a polyurethane resin (PU4ii) for
visualizing eggshell pore morphology. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 132:206-211.
Bowers, E.K., A.White, A.Lang, L. Podgorski, C.F. Thompson, S.K. Sakaluk, W.B. Jaeckle, & R.G. Harper (2015): Eggshell porosity covaries with egg size among female House Wrens (Troglodytes
aedon), but is unrelated to incubation onset and egg-laying order within clutches.
Canadian Journal of Zoology 93:421-425.
Additional Summer Undergraduate Research Resources: exists outside of IWU to pursue off-campus research experiences. We have only listed
several. The first one if a great general resource that lists lots of different programs.
Simply put, I would not be where I am at today without the IWU Biology department.
From day one I was constantly supported and encouraged, all while being presented
with opportunities to grow as a scientist. From participating in SEA lab my freshman
year to my two years of research in Dr. Cozy’s lab, I was able to gain significant
research experience throughout my time at IWU. The depth and quality of my research
experience at IWU led to my acceptance to the University of Virginia where I am currently
earning my PhD in Microbiology. I cannot say enough about the foundational knowledge
that I gained at IWU; it allowed me to easily transition into and excel in my graduate
coursework. However, all of this comes second to the faculty of the IWU Biology department.
They made the time to get to know me not only as a student but as a person, and for
that I will always be grateful.”