Undergraduate student furthers pennycress research during summer internship experience

Portrait of Alex Hafner next to his research in a lab.

Alex Hafner, a senior from Mahomet, decided to pursue a major in molecular and cellular biology due to his interest in research. This same passion drew him to Western Illinois University’s undergraduate research experience this summer where he continued his participation in the Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm & Energy Resilience (IPREFER) Project.

Dr. Shawki receives grant for Costa Rica study abroad program

Noha Shawki headshot

Professor Noha Shawki received a grant from the Student Sustainability Fund in support of the independent study project on fair trade, which is scheduled to take place in spring semester 2022 and will include a week-long immersive experience in Costa Rica during spring break.