Clubs, Organizations, Events

Astronomy Club
Contact: Erik Johnson, Natural Sciences Faculty or 217/353-2096

Parkland Science Club
Contact: Chelsea Lloyd, Natural Sciences Faculty or 217/351-2469

PRECS: Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience

PRECS is a program designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on the environment.

Student working at microscope students in lab student and teacher student at microscope

Parkland's Dr. C. Britt Carlson and Dr. Nathan Schroeder of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the program's creators. PRECS is a three-year program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Students present their research at their home community colleges as well as at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium on the University of Illinois campus. This collection contains their work as well as participant videos captured during the research process.

For more information about PRECS, visit

PRECS is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Regional Science Olympiad

Area high school and middle school students face off during the Regional Science Olympiad tournament held annually at Parkland College. 

Contestants from area schools use their problem-solving skills and knowledge of scientific concepts in 45+ events throughout the day, including hands-on experiments and demonstrations.

The students prepare for this event during the school year and are tested on biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology concepts.

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. This past year more than 7,400 secondary schools participated in Science Olympiad tournaments.

For more information about the Parkland regional including volunteering opportunities, visit Parkland College Regional Tournament.