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Discover, Innovate, and Create

Research by students, faculty, and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences advances knowledge and contributes to our global society. CAS members are deeply engaged in a wide variety of research and creative projects. Find out what we are doing and how you can get involved!

Research in Focus

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Research Symposium celebrates ISU's student scholars

Illinois State’s 33rd annual showcase of student scholarship and creative expression was a boon for the curious mind. Hundreds of students from across campus shared their research on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence in fashion, corruption in government, hip-hop in education, and game theory in investing at the Graduate School’s Research Symposium  held April 12 in the Bone Student Center.


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Research Challenge Grant winners announced

Eight research projects involving 16 faculty members are the winners of the inaugural Dean’s Research Challenge Grants. Proposals submitted this year were required to focus on one of two themes: “Equity” or “Environment.”

Dr. Katherine Ellison

Deeper meaning:  Ciphers reveal more than hidden messages

Mysteries routinely arrive in Dr. Katherine Ellison’s email inbox. Sometimes they are presented by descendants of long-dead relatives who have come into possession of documents written in a secret language. Other times they come from treasure hunters who believe they have found the key to untold riches.

Student Researcher Accomplishments

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Two Illinois State University students win 2024 Goldwater Scholarships

 The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation provides opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated potential for research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

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Economics students attend the 2024 Midwest Economics Association annual conference

Illinois State University’s economics students joined hundreds of economists throughout the Midwest and elsewhere in March to attend the 2024 Midwest Economics Association (MEA) Annual Conference in downtown Chicago.

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Meet the March 2024 GradBird Scholar:  Aleena Mangold

The Graduate School has selected Aleena Mangold ’21 as the March 2024 GradBird Scholar recipient. GradBird Scholar is an initiative to recognize graduate students for their scholarly endeavors at Illinois State University.

Resources For Faculty

Faculty and Staff in the CAS can access important resources by visiting the CAS Faculty/Staff Intranet