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Image of Research Contest Part 5: Sargylana Cherepanova

Welcome to our fifth and final episode of our series on the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. We are so honored to be sitting down to talk with one of the first place winners of the contest, Sargylana Cherepanova!

Lana is a graduate student in the Wonsook Kim School of Fine Art. She is working on her MFA in painting, and works with software to create non-video game art pieces. Lana is from an artic city called Yakustk, which is known for being one of the coldest places in the world! Her culture and homeland bring inspiration to her pieces, including the winning submission for the contest, “Sun Time, and Vivid Dreams”

Enjoy our interview with Lana! The 2022 Image of Research Contest is openly accepting admissions from October 1st – November 12th 2021.

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Image of Research Contest Part 4: RaeAnn Huffman

Episode 8 of STEAMTalk is part four of our five part series on the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. RaeAnn Huffman graduated with her Master’s degree in Agriscience from Illinois State University in Spring 2021. She submitted a photo entitled, “Agronomic Intercropping Systems in Corn and Soybeans” and received the People’s Choice Award in the Graduate Category!

The Image of Research Contest is brought on by the Office of Student Research at Illinois State Unversity. Submissions for the 2022 Image of Research Contest open October 1st 2021.

Season 2, Episode 5: Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University, Part 1: Office of Student Research

Welcome to STEAM Talk, Season 2, Episode 5. This episode kicks off a series of interviews centered around the Image of Research Contest at Illinois State University. In this episode, Kara and Courtney discuss the Office of Student Research on campus with special guests, Dr. Gina Hunter (Director of the Office of Student Research and Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Illinois State University), Dr. Noelle Selkow (interim director of the Graduate School since January 2019 and an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation as a member of the athletic training faculty), and Dr. John Bauer (professor of chemistry and previously served as Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies from 2013-2020). All three guests have a passion for advocating for student research on campus!

This podcast is brought to you by the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Research at Illinois State University.


Season 2 Episode 3: Let’s Talk Music and Technology

Dr. Kara Baldwin and Courtney O. sit down to talk about how technology has impacted and enhanced Dr. Roy Magnuson’s music career! Dr. Magnuson started his career journey as a composer and discusses how his “say yes!” attitude lead to him becoming the creator of a musical Virtual Reality experience known as Solstice. Dr. Magnuson is faculty in the School of Music at Illinois State and is an instructor for a course in Creative Technology. Roy puts the “Art” in S.T.E.A.M…and also the “Technology”

STEAM Talk Season 2 Episode 2: Researching Crickets and Turtles

In a continuation of Episode 1, Courtney and Kara talk to two Illinois State University School of Biological Sciences Ph. D. candidates. Rosario Marroquin-Flores and Ian Rines discuss their research projects. Ian describes surprising findings from a study he co-authored on decorated crickets that was also published in Research Spotlight Journal and PubNavigator through SACNAS ISU [see episode 1 for more details about SACNAS ISU]. Rosario, the president of SACNAS ISU, discusses her research working with temperature-dependent sex determination in turtles. 

Season 2 Episode 1: Let’s Talk SACNAS

Welcome to season 2 of STEAM Talk podcast. This season, we are featuring two new hosts and tackling our interviews in two-part increments! Part one of our interview with Rosario Marroquin-Flores and Ian Rines is all about SACNAS (Society Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science) ISU!

Rosario and Ian are both Ph. D. Candidates at Illinois State University who both experienced personal and professional growth through the organization on campus. Listen to hear their stories, learn about SACNAS ISU, and get involved on campus! This organization is open to all students whether they are STEM majors or not. Involvement in organizations on campus helps students build community and empower themselves. Let’s talk SACNAS!

Episode 4: Dr. Rebekka Darner

Hello listeners! We have a special treat! Dr. Rebekka Darner at Illinois State University school of biological sciences talks about her awesome name, her inspiration for starting this VERY podcast, and her journey into education and inclusion in STEM fields. Join us as we tackle science denial and what we can do to contribute to science literacy.