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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


The faculty at SIUE engage in a wide range of research and sponsored projects. Most of the research programs provide special opportunities for graduate students to further their education. Additionally, these activities provide challenging intern and practicum experiences for graduate students through affiliation with businesses in the greater St. Louis area.


The Illinois Education Research Council was established in 2000 to provide Illinois with education research to support P-20 education policy making and program development. In 2006, the IERC was appointed as the research arm of the Illinois P-20 Council. The IERC undertakes independent research and policy analysis, often in collaboration with other researchers, that informs and strengthens Illinois' commitment to providing a seamless system of educational opportunities for its citizens. Through publications, presentations, participation on state-wide committees, and an annual research symposium, the IERC brings objective and reliable evidence to the work of state policy makers and practitioners. See for more information.


The SIUE Institute for Urban Research (IUR) was established in 2000 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its primary purpose is to promote research on urban issues and problems, especially those experienced by older core cities and their suburbs. The IUR works on campus and off to pursue its mission. Internally, the IUR works with faculty and staff from many disciplines to advance research on urban topics and to enhance external funding for this important work. Externally, the IUR works with local governments and nonprofit organizations to use scholarship as a way to address regional decision-making needs. This "applied research" is an important part of the IUR's work, and the IUR collaborates with other academic institutions in the St. Louis area to advance applied research goals in the entire region. The IUR welcomes inquiries about urban research and applied research needs, and is a fine example of how SIUE is a growing and vibrant metropolitan university. Visit for more information.


Lovejoy Library maintains more than 810,217 volumes, over 1.6 million microform units and 32,653 audio visual items. The Library subscribes to more than 25,811 journals and periodicals, 22,630 of which are electronic and available to members of the University from their homes or offices. Lovejoy Library offers assistance to students, faculty, and staff, and acquaints users with procedures for locating information and resources for papers, theses, or other research projects. The library's resource-sharing agreements make it possible for University students to use other academic, public, and special libraries in the St. Louis area. Electronic access also is provided to the collections of other libraries in Illinois and throughout the world. Materials from these collections may be obtained through interlibrary loan. See for more information.


The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) located in University Park of SIUE is the only public entity of its kind.

The NCERC is Unique in that it is the only facility in the world to house the following all under one roof:

• Analytical Laboratory
• Fermentation Laboratory
• Pilot Scale Ethanol Production Process
• Workforce Development Training Programs

The NCERC is available to test new products and technologies that have been demonstrated on a laboratory scale for their viability in a commercial operation.

The NCERC Pilot Plant fully emulates a commercial fuel ethanol production plant.

The NCERC includes a wet chemistry Analytical Laboratory as well as a Fermentation Research laboratory. The laboratories offer commercial services to many segments of the ethanol, Agri-processing, fuel, feed, food and grain industries.

In addition to the Pilot Plant and Laboratories, the NCERC is the only facility in the world to house both classroom training and a computer simulation center of the ethanol production process.

The NCERC Workforce Training Programs are unique in that persons receive classroom instruction, computer simulation training and applied hands on learning all in the same building.

What makes NCERC truly unique is the flexibility of the facility's design. The process and the plant layout are intended to allow multiple clients access to the facility simultaneously. The laboratory, milling/refining and carbohydrate processing/fermentation portions of the plant are completely separated and can be entirely decoupled as required. Or, if desired, a single customer may utilize the entire Pilot Plant and Laboratories to study the process of taking feedstocks all the way to denatured anhydrous ethanol and their corresponding co-product.

In addition to the installed processes, the layout and piping design of NCERC allow adequate floor space and utilities to support either additional or substitutionary equipment and systems. See


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Center for STEM Research, Education, and Outreach is a collaborative enterprise among several SIUE academic units (the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Schools of Education (SOEd), and Engineering (SOEn), and others), local community colleges and school districts, regional offices of education, and the community at large. The Center's Mission is to develop, strengthen, and promote STEM research, education, and outreach in the region. The STEM Center provides opportunities for improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics on campus and in local public schools and community colleges. Stakeholders generate these opportunities via collaborative grantsmanship and outreach activities. Specifically, the Center will provide centralized leadership for STEM research and education coordination across all academic units at SIUE, provide centralized and coordinated strategies for enhancing external funding for STEM programming, foster a faculty exchange program between SIUE and area public schools at all levels, create and deliver outreach activities that will enhance professional competencies in science education and provide effective assessment of STEM initiatives.


Facilities and resources in the College of Arts and Sciences enhance graduate study and research opportunities in the individual academic units and are specific to their research and classroom needs. The Sciences have 20,000 square feet of laboratory space for research and teaching. Within the Department of Biological Sciences are facilities and equipment supporting research ranging from molecular to ecosystem levels. Facilities include a greenhouse, vivarium, environmental chambers, growth chambers, tissue culture, and equipment for automated DNA sequencing, real-time PCR, cell transformation, and imaging analysis. Microscopy facilities and equipment include fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The 2660 acre campus provides access to upland forest and prairie habitats, a 70 acre reservoir, a protected environmental research area, as well as various wetland habitats. The campus is adjacent to two Illinois State Nature Preserves, the Watershed Nature Center, and floodplain habitats of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Major equipment in the Chemistry department includes an EG&G PAR Versastat Potentiostat, a Bruker ER 200 D EPR Spectrometer (VT), a Vacuum Atmosphere System TS-400 Glove Box equipped with electrochemical connections, a 300 MHz Varian Unity Plus NMR Spectrometer (multinuclear, VT), a MALDI-MS, a Varian 300-series LC-MS with direct injection ESI-MS capability, a Varian 200 GC-MS for identification of organic by-products, a scanning electron microscope, a Harrod Industries TGA / DTA, and a Rigaku/MSC MiniFlex+ powder X-ray diffractometer, and Bruker Raman and infrared microscopes.

The Environmental Sciences program has the state-of-the-art research facilities, supporting faculty and student research. The major analytical instruments include: an Agilent GC-MS and ICP-MS, a Dionex IC and Accelerated Solvent Extractor, and a Varian AAS (equipped with graphite furnace and hydride generation). The program also has a photosynthesis analyzer (LI-COR 6400), an environmental chamber, and a cold-frame greenhouse on a 1-acre field study plot. Individual faculty research laboratories provide students with hands-on research experience in different disciplines, ranging from molecular toxicology to GIS spatial analysis .

The Department of Physics provides excellent facilities for experimental research in the areas of thin-film optics, optical spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, volume holographic storage, ultrafast optics, Plasminics and nanophotonics, and photon counting in scintillating optical fibers. The optical coating lab has complete facilities for design, production, and analysis of multi-layer thin films. The laser and spectroscopy lab is equipped with state-of-the-art lasers and devices. It contains nanosecond Nd:YAG, two ultrafast Ti:Sapphire, ultrafast 1550nm fiber based laser, two argon, a 5W cw 532nm, and a cw Spectra Physics "Millennia V" lasers, as well as a Raman & Fluorescence spectrometers, Perkin-Elmer Lambda 19 UV/VIS/NIR spectrophotometer, ultrafast detectors, microstructure optical fiber, Buehler Vector Grinder-polisher and powerhead, a Diamon saw, and submicron resolution translation stages. The optical scintillating fiber lab is equipped with state-of-the-art photon counting systems and associated electronics. The observatory facility houses a 20" fully automated and remotely controlled telescope .

The Lovejoy Library is an important asset to the academic and research activities of the Department of English Language and Literature and others. They hold about 800,000 volumes, 690,000 documents. The English department also houses state-of-the-art recording devices for the study of language .

The Department of Geography operates a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing computer lab, equipped with the most up-to-date software and hardware. This lab enables students to assemble, manipulate, analyze, and display spatial data. In addition, the department also operates a Physical Geography and Geology Lab, which includes our campus weather station. This lab enables students to conduct research on surface and ground water, minerals and soils, the distribution and abundance of plants and animals, local weather, and the effects of human impact on all of these components.

The Department of Mass Communications has state-of-the-art facilities including a digital TV studio, an Avid editing lab, a multimedia laboratory, a full line of ENG cameras and accessories, plus non-linear radio production studios. Students gain additional experience at the National Public Radio station, WSIE-FM, in SIUE's Web-radio, or through participation in the department's television program, Global Village. Moreover, the St. Louis metropolitan area is the 21st largest media market in the United States. SIUE's Mass Communications Department program takes advantage of the resources of the region by regularly scheduling media professionals for guest appearances in classes, by employing working professionals as part-time faculty, and by sponsoring events such as Mass Communications Week, in which a number of programs on topics as varied as the job search, television and film lighting, independent video producing in St. Louis, seminars by corporate media consultants, and a dialogue with a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist are conducted by working professionals and the faculty.

The Department of Social Work is located in the 1300 Wing of Peck Hall. The Social Work Department facilities include three labs, each equipped with a recording camera and new DVD recording and playback capabilities. These labs are used as part of both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work curricula. Labs are used for students to role-play with simulated clients as they develop their clinical skills. Research has demonstrated that the use of simulated clients and practical experience enhances clinical competency.

In the Fine Arts, the Department of Art and Design offers two Masters programs, a Master of Fine Arts in Art Studio and a Master of Art in Art Therapy Counseling. The well-equipped contemporary art and design building houses eleven studio art disciplines ranging from drawing and painting to digital arts and metals. Several pieces of highly specialized equipment are available for student use such as the Pillar electric induction furnace in sculpture, the Dufa press in printmaking, and the Anagama kiln in ceramics. In addition SIUE offers classes in glass working which is unique to the region. As a teaching institution, studio art faculty are working artists who are fully vested in their students' academic and artistic development.

The Department of Music, offering the Master of Music, is housed in its modern teaching and rehearsal facility, featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio, spacious ensemble rehearsal rooms, and numerous practice rooms. In addition, the Department of Theater and Dance operates two theaters. One features a well-equipped 400 seat proscenium house with high end sound and lighting technologies. The other, the James F. Metcalf Student Experimental Theater, also computerized, is a black box space designed to encourage maximum flexibility and innovation.

Within the School of Business, the departments of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management and Marketing, and Computer Management and Information Systems maintain libraries and databases (COMPUSTAT, CRSP, AuditAnalytics, the FASB Codification, Execucomp, and LEXIS/NEXIS).

Facilities and resources in the School of Education enhance graduate study and research opportunities in the departments of Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Health Education; Psychology; Curriculum and Instruction (elementary and secondary teaching); and Special Education and Communication Disorders. Resources include a specially-equipped Reading Center, instructional computing labs and classrooms, facilities for digital audio and video production, hardware and software for web-based learning applications, and laboratory facilities for human research.

Facilities often combine research with community outreach functions. For example, graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology provide services for children and adults with communication disorders at the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. The Center provides therapeutic and diagnostic services for SIUE students, faculty and staff and for individuals within the surrounding area.The Audiology Suite located on the third floor of Founders Hall includes a laboratory area for audiological assessment and specialty hearing assessments. In addition, rehabilitation services are provided for individuals who are hearing impaired. In addition, the Department operates an Assistive Technology Lab and Classroom. This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to train students and provide services for individuals with multiple handicaps needing assistive technology or augmentative communication. Graduate students in psychology deliver services to children with attention and behavior problems in the department's Attention & Behavior Clinic. Graduate students In Curriculum and Instruction in the Literacy Specialist program provide diagnostic and tutoring services to children and adolescents in the community who are experiencing challenges in the development of reading and writing skills and strategies.

The Exercise Physiology Laboratory housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is a state-of-the-art, 2200 square-foot facility with the capability for detailed assessment of physical activity and cardiovascular fitness, anthropometrics and body composition, and other physiological outcomes. The laboratory accommodates both clinical and basic research and contains a reception area, conference room, private exam room, private changing room, and separate rooms for body composition, cardiovascular, and biochemical assessments. The laboratory is equipped with a GE Lunar DXA Prodigy, a BODPOD, Two Parvo Medics True One metabolic carts, and a COSMED K4b2 for portable measurement of metabolism. Residing next door to the laboratory is the Physical Activity Clinic. This 2500 square-foot facility houses cardiovascular and resistance strength training equipment including a full line of Paramount Circuit Strength Training machines, a free weight section with exercise benches, and a number of LifeFitness elliptical and treadmill machines. Both the laboratory and clinic are used exclusively by participants in the Wight Management Clinic and SIUE students enrolled in Department of Kinesiology and Health Education courses.

Graduate students are also engaged within the community. For example, students in Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction provide services to the East St. Louis Center, Head Start and residents of East St. Louis and Metro East as part of their practical experiences.

Within the School of Engineering, there are electrical engineering laboratories for control systems, image processing, digital signal processing, computer and network architecture, microprocessor interfacing, electronic circuits, VLSI design, and electrical machines. There are civil engineering laboratories for materials and structures, soil mechanics, hydraulics, and environmental processes. Mechanical engineering laboratories include solid mechanics, dynamics and control, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. There are also three laboratories for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; computer integrated manufacturing, manufacturing processes, manufacturing enterprise, biomechanics, and computer aided 3D design. Computer Science laboratories include network programming, human-computer interaction, mobile robotics, and virtual reality.

The School of Nursing has a state-of-the-art Simulated Learning Center for Health Sciences which provides nursing students with realistic clinical settings in a controlled laboratory environment. The 3,000 square feet of space includes three hospital rooms and three clinic rooms which can be used both for health assessment and physical examinations as well as for psychiatric interviews. There is one intensive care room and one operating room, each with a one-way viewing window, one labor and delivery room, and a medication preparation room with an automated medication dispensing system. In the laboratory, students have access to four computers. Students have the opportunity to practice during open hours when classes are not scheduled. This laboratory is fully equipped with products and equipment used in actual health care facilities. Adult and pediatric human patient simulators are state-of-the-art computerized mannequins, which can simulate real-life patients with a variety of health conditions for students to learn critical incident nursing management.

The School of Dental Medicine, located on the Alton Campus, has 15 research laboratories used by its biomedical and clinical science faculty. The Dental School has a state of the art microscopy facility which includes scanning electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, X-ray analysis and confocal microscopy. The pain research laboratories have been enhanced through addition of an electrophysiology unit. Other laboratories are equipped to support research in molecular biology and anaerobic microbial pathogenesis. Additional sophisticated equipment is available to support our major areas of research focus which include orofacial pain, dental materials/implants, microbial pathogenesis of oral disease and correlations of oral health with diet, nutrition and systemic health. The Dental School awards the professional degree, Doctor of Dental Medicine. Persons interested in a dental program should direct inquiries to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Admissions Office, 2800 College Avenue, Alton, Illinois 62002.

The School of Pharmacy has 5,000 square feet of dedicated research space. The laboratories are fully equipped to perform molecular biology, pharmacology, biochemistry, drug delivery, and medicinal chemistry research. Major equipment housed in the School of Pharmacy includes a flow cytometer with accessories, a TA Q1000 differential scanning calorimeter, a Leica DMIRE 2 inverted fluorescence microscopy system equipped with temperature controlled stage, Z-motor and deconvolution software module, a Sorvall Discovery M120 micro ultracentrifuge, a Varian ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, a Varian 800 FT-infrared spectrometer, a Stratagene multiplex qPCR, a Beckman Coulter Z2 particle counter and size analyzer, molecular modeling and computational software, a Perkin Elmer LS6500 multi-purpose scintillation counter, a JEOL 400 MHz NMR, a Waters Alliance-SQ 3100 LCMS, a Shimadzu 2010 HPLC with uv and mass detectors, a Vibratone cryostate, and a TA Q 50 therogravimetric analyzer.

University services not listed elsewhere in this catalog that contribute to the conduct of student life are the University Museum that contains the world renowned Louis Sullivan Architectural Ornament Collection, the University radio station (WSIE-FM), University Bookstore, Veterans Services, and the Religious Center, which is distinguished by an elegant dome designed by R. Buckminster Fuller.

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