New CSBS Team Member: Brenda Koester

Brenda Davis Koester joined the Center for Social and Behavioral Science in July 2023 as the Associate Director. In this role, Brenda is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing CSBS programs, services, and facilities with the goal of strategically enhancing the research enterprise in social and behavioral science. Tell us briefly about your personal and […]

Networking lunch for community-engaged researchers | Sept. 6

Connect with faculty and staff across campus involved in community-engaged research! The Center for Social & Behavioral Science, College of Education, and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute are pleased to invite community-engaged researchers to a networking lunch on Wednesday, September 6, outdoors at the Siebel Center for Design.  This event is the first step in building a supportive community to […]

CSBS Small Grant Success Story: Bruno, Bellisle, Mendenhall, and Andrade

Principal Investigator Robert Bruno and co-investigators Dylan Bellisle, Ruby Mendenhall, and Flavia Andrade’s project, “Examining the Diversity of Experience with the Federal Tax System across Race and Immigration Status: A case of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit,” was selected as a recipient for the Center for Social and Behavioral Science’s Small […]

Celebrating the 2022-23 Policy & Research Legislative Fellows

The Center for Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS) recently celebrated the accomplishments of the Policy and Research Legislative Fellows (PRLF) 2022-23 cohort. Launched during the Summer 2022 semester, this non-partisan initiative, supported by the Office of the Chancellor-Public Engagement, matches Illinois graduate students with a state legislator representing Champaign-Urbana or a neighboring district to collaborate […]

CSBS unites Illinois researchers around food security

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) recently announced a partnership with Illinois Profs. Kelley Lemon, Merin Oleschuk, and Bobby J. Smith to launch the Food Security Working Group (FSWG), a campus-wide initiative to support researchers in the food security space. The initiative kicks off this semester with a series of events around this […]

Illinois researchers gather to discuss “The Future of Work”

The digital revolution has led to significant changes in work throughout the past several decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an even more rapid and impactful transformation of work across several dimensions, leaving much uncertainty as to how we can constructively move forward. As part of its mission to unite interdisciplinary researchers around relevant and […]

An interview with the Policy & Research Legislative Fellows

Graduate students participating in the Policy & Research Legislative Fellowship run by CSBS get hands-on experience bridging the gap between theory and practice at state level. Read more below about two of these students, Special Education graduate student Rebecca Folkerts as she talks about working with State Representative Ammons to provide child welfare policy recommendations […]

CSBS Small Grant Success Story: Nancy McElwain

Nancy McElwain, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, with affiliate appointments in the Center for Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS), the Family Resiliency Center, and the Personalized Nutrition Initiative in the Carle R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Prof. […]