2017 REU Highlights

Discoveries in Bioimaging REU 2017

Quick recap of the 2017 REU program






large group of students
The 2017 REU students: (Front row) Brittani Carroll, Carolyna Quiles, Prerana Jaikumar, Silvia Alvarez, Janet Sorrells. (Middle row) Javier DeJesus Astacio, Kyle Poe, Amanda Craine, Janee Phillips, Joanne Li (graduate mentor), Than Huynh. (Back row) Illinois faculty members:  Steve Boppart, Andrew Smith, and Marina Marjanovic.


Working in the lab

Presenting their work at Illinois Summer Research Symposium

Travel to BMES


National Presentation

female student smiling in front of research poster
Prerana Jaikumar, 2016 Discoveries in Bioimaging REU participant, was selected to present her research at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, October 22-23, 2017, in Arlington, VA. The symposium was organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports and promotes undergraduate research. Prerana was mentored by Prof. Andrew Smith.

Prerana’s experience at the Symposium

“I really loved the CUR Conference; it was very encouraging and supportive of our future endeavors as young leaders in STEM. As someone who still felt a little unsure of where exactly I wanted to go with my future, going to this conference was really eye-opening: I met so many individuals who were passionate about their respective fields, and this inspired me to introspect and figure out what I really wanted to do with my career. For example, we had an ice-breaking networking activity with all conference attendees (students as well as faculty) – winners of this activity were awarded with the opportunity to give an impromptu speech to the entire congregation about their research and future plans. I was so inspired by the ability of my peers to speak so eloquently and with such confidence. I also appreciated the seminars held to educate us about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, where we could take advantage of the opportunity to actually speak with the NSF officials responsible for the program. All in all, this was a wonderful experience, and I would definitely recommend it for future participants!”