2 female students examining a human lung sample

SPARK: Students Pursuing Applications, Research, and Knowledge

Welcome 2021-2022 SPARK Scholars

The time has finally arrived to begin the SPARK program and the first semester of your freshman year!

Make sure to remember the following:

  • Visit the SPARK Canvas page to accept your invitation to access the page.
  • SPARK Meeting #1: Introduction to SPARK, Aug. 11th @ 5:00-6:00pm via Zoom

The professors and I are so excited to meet everyone and get your work started!

SPARK Research in Review

The culmination of SPARK is the presentation of slides on each student's research efforts. We are thrilled by the hard work completed by all the SPARK students. Below the Showcase you can see more information about the SPARK students and the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations SPARK students!

Message from the Dean

SPARK Research in Review

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021

We are thrilled to also note that 5 of our SPARK students also participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium! Here are the students and the titles of the research they presented.

Brooklyn Clough
“Maintaining Sexual Health and Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maya Dye
“The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: An Age Friendly University”

Madison Lamphear
“Serving on the Evaluation Team of Asthma Home Visiting Program”

Holly Panfil
“Cognitive Control in Persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment”

Meghan Vanasco
“The Impact of Covid-19 on Lifestyle Behaviors Among Children Living in Champaign County”


If you have any questions about the SPARK program, please contact Dr. Tonya Pulley, tonyap@illinois.edu.