Research labs bustled with activity during the 2016 Hodson Summer Research Institute

The sixth annual Hodson Summer Research Institute (HSRI) supported the research efforts of 17 students and 8 faculty in the Division of Natural Sciences this summer. The participants conducted full-time, original research for eight weeks in a variety of areas, including the following:

  • human health applications of essential oils and antibacterial plant products
  • nerve conduction in an intact nervous system (Aurelia jellyfish)
  • chemical characterization and application of micelles
  • genomic analysis of an Antarctic, photosynthetic bacterium, and 
  • the treatment and prevention of several major diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis, and type II diabetes. 

Many of the students will continue their work in the upcoming academic year as part of the burgeoning undergraduate research program in the Division of Natural Sciences at IWU. Be sure to check out their research and offer your support during Homecoming Week at the HSRI poster presentation and reception on Saturday, October 8 from 1:30-3:00 PM in the bright and spacious Ott Hall atrium.