As an IWU biology student, you have the chance to design and conduct original research.
By partnering with faculty and staff, you can work on an independent research project or earn credit in off-campus research, directed study, or research honors. Student research is showcased each spring at theJohn Wesley Powell Student Research conference.
Student Research Spotlight: Alan Brus '12
A new species of frog (Strabomantidae: Pristimantis) from Peru with comments on its
ectoparasites (Acari: Trombiculidae)
Working with Professor of Biology Edgar Lehr, Alan Brus describes his research honors project that classified a new specifies
of frong that was discovered in Peru by Professor Lehr. They also identified the ectoparasites
infesting the species.Read more here.
Peru has a high degree of biodiversity, resulting from the complex geographic regions
characteristic of the country. Continued efforts are required to classify new species
so that they can be protected and the human impact on these remote environments can
be better understood. -Alan Brus
Student Research Spotlight: Jason Murphy '14
Corrosion casts: A novel application of a polyurethane resin (PU4ii) for visualizing
eggshell pore morphology
Currently Jason is working as a lab technician the Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at the
University of Chicago, where his research focuses on the use of nanomagnets for targeted
cancer cell destruction.
John Wesley Powell Research Conference
TheJohn Wesley Powell Student Research Conferencewas established as an annual event in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference
provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing individual research projects
to present those projects in a public forum. Research projects pursued by students
at any level – freshman through senior – and in any academic program throughout the
University, are eligible to participate. Research can be presented either in a poster
session format, or in a (15-min) oral presentation.