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FEBRUARY 29, 2020




Dr. Cheryl Heinz

The Benedictine China Pollination Project: Highlights and insights from an international research program

All are welcome to attend!  

Tentative Schedule

8:30 am Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:30 am Oral Presentations

10:15 am Poster Presentations

11:30 Oral Presentations

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Keynote Speaker

2:00 pm Awards Ceremony

RSVP: by Evite or to Tanya Hunter at TRose225@aol.com 

by Sunday 2/23.

Student presenters are free!

Remember it is our policy that if you make a reservation, but cannot attend, and do not cancel by the RSVP date you will be charged for the dinner.


Learn about the history and progress of the China Pollination Project, a “research abroad” experience for undergraduate students of any major. Scientific results will be shared along with feedback from student participants, as well as some of the challenges that were faced.

Speaker Bio

Cheryl Heinz was a member of the Charter Class of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, going on to earn a B.S. in Honors Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a Ph.D. in Entomology from Cornell University, and received an NIH-funded Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching fellowship from the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona. As part of the postdoctoral program, she taught a non-majors course titled Animal Sexual Behavior at Pima Community College. In Fall of 2004, she returned to her Chicagoland roots and joined the faculty at Benedictine University.

During her tenure at Benedictine University, she has served as the Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, served as Secretary and President for the Biology Section of Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area, and was twice elected to an At-Large seat on the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Alumni Association Board. She has served on numerous taskforces and committees. She has co-led four “Research Abroad” trips to China, and has visited China six times. In June 2019, she accepted a position as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Benedictine University, putting her research on hold for a little while.

She lives in Aurora with her husband, three sons (including a pair of identical twins), two cats, and a dog. She enjoys running, reading, and knitting, in addition to attending all the concerts that her sons are in and shows at the Paramount Theater.

Directions to Lewis:


From downtown Chicago: Take I-55S towards St. Louis.  Take exit 268 to merge onto S. Joliet Rd. Continue on IL-53/N Independence Blvd.  Turn right onto University Pkway then turn left onto University Drive East. 

From the north suburbs: Take I-294S to I-55S.  Continue on I-55S for ~8 miles.  Take exit 268 to merge onto S. Joliet Rd. Continue on IL-53/N Independence Blvd.  Turn right onto University Pkwy then turn left onto University Drive East. 

From I-355S: Take the 159th St./IL-7 exit.  Turn right onto IL-7 S/W 159th St.  Slight left onto IL-7 S/E 9th St and continue to follow IL-7 S.  Turn right onto S Independence Blvd.  Turn left onto University Pkwy then left onto University Drive E.

Parking:  Lots C and D.

Registration is in the Science building (building 16 on the map), AS-0014-L.