Illinois Wesleyan biology faculty and nearly 40 students were among 3,000 authors of a scientific paper, a team of scholars who sequenced the largest-ever number of bacteriophages.
Our students have the opportunity to do original research at the undergraduate level, collaborating with faculty who are at the top of their fields.
Because Illinois Wesleyan is an entirely undergraduate institution, students are offered research and creative opportunities without competition from graduate students.
They develop close relationships with faculty who love to teach and engage students in their research and scholarly work.
Students also have the opportunity to apply for undergraduate research scholarships.
Research & Creative Work
Physics major Zhenghao (Andy) Ding '18, who researches microfluidics, optical trapping and quantum entanglement in the IWU physics lab, was awarded a 2015 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship.
Three students have been awarded Mellon Humanities Scholarships to conduct research with faculty members over the summer.
Economics and mathematics double major Lu Liao'17 was awarded the 2015 Mark Israel Research Fellowship to conduct independent research this summer under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Opportunities for students to engage in summer research through scholarships and fellowships at IWU lead to new personal discoveries -- and often, invitations to present their work at conferences across the country.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Margaret McCarter '15 a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship -- among the most competitive graduate fellowships nationwide.
Five students have been named Eckley Scholars and will receive stipends to stay on campus this summer to pursue independent projects with a faculty mentor.
Senior Kyle Connour's work observing asteroids and other heavenly bodies has led to a scientific publication and multiple offers from graduate schools as he prepares for a career as a professional astronomer.
Chemistry major Laura Steenberge '15 was named a 2015 Collegiate Scholar by the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society.
Economics and political science double major Daniel Truesdale '15 has been selected to participate in a national ethics symposium to discuss his analysis of incentivizing organ donations.