Funding Research Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges

Monday, May 1, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST


Curious about how to maintain an active research program alongside a teaching career at a primarily undergraduate institution? Join us for a virtual panel discussion with three faculty members who are navigating the challenges and successes inherent to that career path. We’ll discuss unique funding mechanisms, managing the teaching/research expectations of their institution, identifying potential collaborations, and leveraging local resources.


Jacob Kagey, PhD

Professor, Biology Department, University of Detroit Mercy

Jacob Kagey is a Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Detroit Mercy. He received his BA in Genetics from Ohio Wesleyan University and PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. In 2011, he joined the Biology department at Detroit Mercy. His research focuses on using Drosophila melanogaster to identify genes involved in the regulation of the cell and tissue growth. From this research, he developed the Fly-CURE, which is a course-based Undergraduate Research Experience where undergraduates map and characterize novel Drosophila mutants within an undergraduate laboratory course. Through NSF funding, the Fly-CURE has expanded to over 20 institutions across the country. Currently, this project has led to 11 publications with over 500 student co-authors.

Louise Charkoudian, PhD

Professor, Haverford College

Lou is a Professor at Haverford College, a primarily undergraduate institution located outside of Philadelphia. Lou’s teaching interests lie at the intersection of organic chemistry and biochemistry, and her research program focuses on studying natural product biosynthesis. Lou’s passion for integrating interdisciplinary research in education has led to over 100 undergraduate students earning authorship on peer-reviewed publications, and a high level of students continuing in science and health fields after college. Lou also studies how intrapersonal factors such as mindset, fear or failure, and coping play a role in STEM education. When Lou is not in the classroom or lab, you can often find her enjoying the outdoors with her partner, two young kids, and their new puppy.

Emina Stojkovic, PhD

Professor, Department of Biology, Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Emina A. Stojkovic received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. She is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University, a 4-year public Hispanic Serving Institution with a primarily teaching mission in Chicago, IL. During her tenure, she has developed an NSF and NIH-funded international and interdisciplinary research program with an outstanding track record on recruiting URM students for high-impact research. Many of her undergraduate and graduate students are co-authors on the recent peer- reviewed publications in high-impact scientific journals.