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

MICRO-CCS: Microbial Interactions Create Research Opportunities for Community College Students 

MICRO-CCS is a paid summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) designed to provide community college students with authentic research experiences studying microbiology in food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. This program is a 10-week research immersion program that includes a 1-week research orientation boot camp at the start of the experience, professional development activities, and mentored research training in microbiology labs around the University of Illinois. Parkland College's Dr. Chelsea Lloyd and Dr. Sarah Hind of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the program's directors.  

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

For more information about MICRO-CCS, visit: or contact Dr. Chelsea Lloyd at

MICRO-CCS is a three-year program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Learn more on their website

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.