About IURA:

Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURAs) are a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

IURAs help to promote undergraduate research at the U of I and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the U of I’s diverse array of disciplines. As representatives of OUR, IURAs will be responsible for promoting undergraduate research to peers by holding informational workshops on undergraduate research, serving as a liaison between OUR and academic departments, and being knowledgeable about the resources that the U of I offers its undergraduate students interested in research and creative inquiry.

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Amie Bott


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Plant pathology, genomics, and synthetic biology

Amie will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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John Bieber


Major: Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences

Physiological responses of fish to angling experiences

John will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Brianna Boynton


Major: Global Studies

Non-profits and the impacts of cultural diversity on business

Brianna will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Jason Chang


Major: Systems Engineering / Minor: Statistics

Operations research, supply chain/logistics and inventory

Jason will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Xochitl Esparza


Major: Social Work / Minor: Spanish

Speech therapy intervention, school readiness latino families, family court system

Xochitl will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Tanesha Gauba


Major: English Literature and Psychology

Developing a database of movies being shown in Mumbai during the Cold War era

Tanesha will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Grace Hart


Major: Political Science / Minor: Music

Disabilities studies and international music group's influence

Grace will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Allisa Hastie


Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering / Minor: Environmental Economics and Law

Quantifying water and energy flow through the urban environment

Allisa will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Alayna Johnson


Major: Chemistry / Minor: Materials Science and Physics

Acid-degradable polymers for use as pharmaceutical capsules

Alayna will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Austin Justice


Major: History and Classics

Post-War Memory and Identity in the American Border South

Austin will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Taskeen Khan


Major: Integrative Biology Honors and Chemistry

effects of fire disturbance on trees

Taskeen will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Brenda Munguia


Major: Community Health

increasing healthy eating behaviors in Hispanic families through culturally sensitive workshops

Brenda will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Sam Noehre


Major: Community Health

Utilization of health services and operational improvement of health systems

Sam will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Andrea Perry


Major: Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Physics

porous silicon superlens for imaging biological structures

Andrea will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Wesley Tung


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology / Minor: Chemistry and Music

Regulation of Molecular Receptors in Intestinal Epithelial Homoeostasis

Wesley will hold meetings in Fall 2019

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Rebecca Wipfler


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Informatics, and Chemistry

physical characterization of the surgace layer structure of a thermophilic archaeon, sulfolobus islandicus

Rebecca will hold meetings in Fall 2019