IWU students have many opportunities to work with faculty on independent and collaborative
research and creative projects.
John Wesley Powell Student 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.
The conference typically attracts more than 100 undergraduates, who showcase research
projects from a variety of University departments and programs, including: psychology,
economics, political science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, English, theatre, and
The aim of the Annual Undergraduate Human Rights Workshop is to bring together students and faculty from different institutions to share their
interests, insights, experiences, and concerns from the study of core human rights
issues. We hope that the experience of presenting, sharing, and brainstorming their
work with peers from similar institutions will offer students an invaluable opportunity
to sharpen their ideas and arguments in ways that will help prepare them more fully
for graduate or professional work in the field of human rights. We also invite selected
faculty mentors to participate in the workshop in recognition both of their efforts
in developing their students’ skills and of the collaborative nature of human rights
research in the liberal arts.
Thus we hope to initiate on-going relationships with our own colleagues that will
help to build issue-oriented professional networks that will advance the study of
human rights issues.
John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference - Readership Map - Digital Commons
Senior mathematics and physics double major Minzhao (Henryken) Liu ’21 and computer
science major Nico Lopez ’21 recently presented their research on optical aberrations
at the international society for optics and photonics –– SPIE –– virtual conference
on Emerging Topics in Artificial Intelligence (AI), leaving a strong impression on
experts in the field of optics. Read more.
A trash recycling robot named GARI was recently developed by a team of Illinois Wesleyan
University students during MakeHarvard, a 24-hour engineering make-a-thon hosted by
Harvard University. Read more.