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  • Lurie Cancer Center Undergraduate Summer Research Internships

    Administrators at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University invite undergraduate students interested in biomedical and health sciences to participate in leading-edge cancer research and career exploration.  Participants work full-time (35-40 hours/week) under the mentorship of top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities to help advance novel research projects in cell and molecular biology, cancer immunology, metabolism, clinical investigation, developmental therapeutics, genomics, population science, health disparities, bioinformatics and other focus areas.  Immersive research training is complemented by faculty lectures, skills workshops, and career development activities.

    Undergraduate students may participate in one of two cancer research internships at the Lurie Cancer Center:

    • ACS-DICR American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research Internship
    • NU-CURE Northwestern University Cancer-Focused Undergraduate Research Experience

    For more information, visit: 

    Complete the 2024 LCC summer research internship application for both programs here:

    Your complete application and 2 letters of recommendation must be received by midnight on January 27, 2024.  Early application is encouraged to ensure available space.

  • Diversity in Cancer Research at the University of Chicago

    Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) is a cancer research training program for undergraduates interested in careers in biomedicine.  For ten weeks during the summer, participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University of Chicago, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field. 

    Rigorous research training is complemented with year-round career development and skill-building workshops, leadership training, opportunities in community outreach and engagement, and personalized mentorship for post-baccalaureate transitions.

    DICR is funded by a grant from the American Cancer Society.  More information is available at:

    The 2024 Program Application can be found at:

    Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024.

  • 2024 St. Elmo Brady Symposium

    The UIUC Student Chapter of NOBCChE is excited to present the Spring 2024 St. Elmo Brady Symposium.  The St. Elmo Brady Lecture Series is held each semester to honor Illinois Chemistry Alumni St. Elmo Brady, the first Black American to obtain a PhD in Chemistry in the United States (1916).  This year’s event will feature guest speaker Dr. David Kwabi from the University of Michigan on February 10, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 104 at the Illini Union. The lecture will be preceded by breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and followed by lunch, informational panels, and a poster session in the afternoon.

    The poster session will feature undergraduate and graduate student presenters, and it is open to all students performing STEM-related research.

    The registration deadline for poster presenters and judges is January 26, 2024 while general registration closes on February 2, 2024. 

    General Registration for breakfast and lunch:

    Poster Session Registration: 

    Judge Registration:

  • 2024 Big 10 Engineering - Diversity & Inclusion Career Event (Virtual)

    Big 10 Engineering - Diversity & Inclusion Career Event is an engagement fair that aims to highlight top employers dedicated to diversity and inclusion for The University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska and Ohio State University.  The virtual fair will be held from within on Handshake on Tuesday, January 23, from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  The virtual format of the event encourages networking between students, alumni, and recruiting professionals that will open the door to co-op, intern, and full-time opportunities in the field of engineering.

    Registration for this event will open to students on January 16, 2023.

    How to register:  On Handshake

  • Columbia Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

    The Columbia Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program is a 10-week, fully funded summer research program that gives students access to research experience and professional development at Columbia and the chance to be mentored by STEM faculty and professionals.  This year's program will run from May 30 – August 3, 2024.  There is no application fee and no program fees for students.  In addition, students will be provided with Housing, Dining, a Summer living stipend, Travel reimbursement, and Campus Amenities Access.

    The Columbia University School of Engineering will hold an information session on January 9th, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Registration information can be found here:
    Students interested in applying can visit: for the program application.

    Application Priority Deadline:  January 12, 2024

  • Solar Energy Technology Fellow: U.S. Department of Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program is seeking to develop future leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy.  The EERE STP appointments provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.  The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) drives research, manufacturing, and market solutions to make the abundant solar energy resources in the United States more affordable and accessible for Americans.

    Applicants selected as a participant will join the SETO team responsible for carrying out activities critical to SETO’s technology mission.  This Fellowship will last one year, with the opportunity to renew for additional years at the discretion of the sponsoring office.

    Apply today at

    Application Deadline:  January 15, 2023 at 10:59 p.m.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Scholars Connect Program

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) office is seeking undergraduate students to participate in the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP), a program is designed to provide environmental health sciences research training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-focused undergraduate students.  Participants will be a part of research teams striving to accomplish NIEHS research missions in areas related to human health and the environment.

    To be eligible, applicants must have a strong interest in or currently pursuing studies in disciplines related to biomedical research and live within commuting distance of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina area.  Benefits include a competitive monthly stipend determined by academic level.

    To learn more and apply, visit: 

    Application Deadline: February 16, 2024

  • Summer 2024 Undergraduate Health Equity Research Experience at Mayo Clinic

    The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute and Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance invite outstanding undergraduates to apply for the 2024 Health Equity Research Experience at Mayo Clinic.  This 10-week summer program gives undergraduates the opportunity to examine health equity through hands-on research at Mayo Clinic.  Two Illinois undergraduate students will be matched with a faculty mentor and be fully immersed in the research and culture of a major medical center with top-notch scientists.  $6,000 will be awarded by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance to cover living expenses during the 10-week program. 

    Apply by Jan. 22

  • EM Success Through Academic and Research Scholarship (STARS) 2024

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) Success Through Academic and Research Scholarship (STARS) program provides support for undergraduate students from Minority Serving Institutions pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and supports EM research and operations in: 

    • Advanced Manufacturing and other Mfg. Disciplines
    • Artificial Intelligence 
    • Cybersecurity 
    • Deactivation & Decommissioning 
    • Machine Learning
    • Robotics
    • Soil & Groundwater
    • Tank Waste

    The Office of Environmental Management (EM) seeks to continue engagement with students upon completion of the program, preferably as EM employees.

    Details about the application and supporting materials can be found at:

    Applications are due January 22, 2024, 7:00 a.m.

    Recommendations are due January 29, 2024, 7:00 a.m.

  • Industrial Decarbonization Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Energy

    The Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  IEDO is seeking talented and passionate Fellows interested in supporting technical, programmatic, strategic, and policy efforts aimed at decarbonizing the industrial sector.  Fellows will collaborate closely with IEDO staff—including several former Fellows—and will develop a broad understanding of the potential of new technologies and current barriers to technology deployment across all of IEDO’s subprograms.  This Fellowship will last one year, with the opportunity to renew for additional years at the discretion of the sponsoring office.

    Apply today at

    Cohort 1 closes January 15, 2024 (Applications submitted before this date will be eligible for consideration to participate in this cohort).

    Cohort 2 closes on July 15, 2024 (applications submitted between January 16, 2024 and July 15, 2024 will be eligible for consideration to participate in this cohort).

  • Udall Scholarship Information Sessions and Workshop

    The Udall Scholarship awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and plan on a career related to the environment.  1) Sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents and who are committed to a career focused on the environment AND 2) Native American sophomores and juniors who are interested in tribal policy and health care are eligible to apply.  A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service.  

    The University of Illinois may nominate up to six students for the Udall Scholarship.

    If you are interested in applying, please attend the informational sessions:   

    IN-PERSON Udall Scholarship Information Session
     Thursday, November 9th, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
     514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    ONLINE Udall Scholarship Information Session
     Friday, November 10th, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
    Register in advance for this Zoom session.

    IN-PERSON Udall Scholarship Workshop
     Friday, November 10th, 2023, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
     514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    The required campus deadline is January 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m.

  • ORISE Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity, Artificial Intelligence in STEM

    To showcase Artificial Intelligence (AI) in STEM, ORISE is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students.  The challenge is for students to develop an infographic to communicate how AI is used in STEM disciplines.  Thorough submissions will illustrate how AI is applied in STEM fields, focusing on key principles, practical applications, pioneering uses, ethical considerations, and/or future prospects.  Your infographic could win you a $5,000 scholarship.

    The deadline for this competition is Thursday, November 30, 2023, and winners will be announced in late December.

    For complete details, please visit

  • 2024 Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program with the Department of Energy

    The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) provides 12-week summer internship opportunities within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates from eligible Minority Serving Institutions.  The DOE is committed to Energy Security, Nuclear Security, Scientific Discovery and Innovation, Environmental Responsibility, Management Excellence, Cyber Security, Safeguards and Security, and Technological Advancement.  

    Program Dates:  May 20 – August 9, 2024

    Apply at this link:

    Deadline:  February 15, 2024, 10:59 p.m.

  • Engineering Student Admissions Representatives (ESTARs) for Spring 2024

    The Grainger College of Engineering is currently hiring Engineering Student Admissions Representatives (ESTARs) for Spring 2024.  ESTARs host on-campus tours and visits with prospective/admitted students and their families.

    For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

    Application Deadline is November 17, 2023.

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) Summer Program 2024

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) Visiting Scientist Program is offering 10-week summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students in 2024.

    In order to be considered, undergraduate applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

    • Be a sole U.S. citizen.  Dual citizens are considered foreign national and are ineligible for this opportunity.
    • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
    • Be enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. accredited college or university pursuing a degree in physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics or similar major at the time of application.

    To learn more and apply, visit:

    Application Deadline is January 16, 2024.

  • SmallSat Alliance Collegiate Space Competition 2024

    The Small Sat Alliance (SSA) invites tomorrow’s space leaders – today’s college students – to propose solutions to 21st century space challenges as it launches its 2nd annual Collegiate Space Competition (CSC).  This year, the CSC will revisit two topics, Orbital Debris and Environmental Monitoring, for students to propose solutions to.  Students may participate as individuals or as a team to craft a dynamic response to one of the topics that includes technical and policy considerations.  Students/teams who have submitted before may not reply to a prompt for which they have already submitted with the same/similar content or approach; however, returning students are encouraged to submit entirely new and original responses given that there are many approaches to solving these challenges.

    For all interested students, the 2023-2024 Competition Portal opens on October 31, 2023 and closes on April 15, 2024.

  • Engineering Internships and Co-Ops at Trane Technologies

    Trane Technologies, which includes Trane and Thermo King, has many internships and co-op openings across the United States.  Trane provides a lot of support for interns and encourages them to apply for the Accelerated Development Program after graduation. General information is at Trane Technologies | Early Careers and specific referrals are below: 

    BS or MS student in Electrical Engineering:

    BS or MS student in Electrification:

    BS or MS student in Electrification:

    BS student in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, or General Engineering:

    BS or MS student in Mechanical Engineering:

    BS student in Applied Physics or any Engineering:

    Engineering Co-Op in Panama City, Florida:

    Engineering Co-Op in La Crosse, Wisconsin:

    Engineering Co-Op in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

    Trane has many opportunities and works to find a spot that fits interns’ interests.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics

    The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will be running a 12-week PAID summer undergraduate research program for students interested in the area of Acoustics.  This intensive summer program in acoustics is designed for underrepresented undergraduate students from across the country.  The program will emphasize training, mentoring, research, and preparing students for graduate studies and careers in acoustics.

    Visit Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Experience in Acoustics ( or contact Kay Hatlestad at for more information.

    Students may apply at this link:

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 5, 2024.  Notifications will be sent by February 2024.

  • 2023 ORISE Virtual Career Fair

    When:  November 2, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    This virtual event will highlight ORISE-administered internship and fellowship programs for college students, recent graduates, and faculty at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Science Foundation (NSF).  The fair will include a live presentation on opportunities through ORISE, and program representatives will be available to connect with attendees in 1-on-1 chats throughout the event.

    Register here:

  • DOE WDTS Summer Internship Fair

    When:  November 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) to learn more about the DOE's summer 2024 Community College Internships (CCI) and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) programs!  These stipend-based, 10-week programs provide technical training and research opportunities at DOE national laboratories and other facilities.  During the event, representatives from the DOE and the national laboratories will be on hand to connect with attendees in 1-on-1 chats.

    Register here:

  • Webinar: Discover Available ORISE Summer Internships Today!

    When:  November 16, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    During this informational session, attendees will learn more about summer 2024 ORISE-administered internship and fellowship opportunities that are actively recruiting.  You will hear from the source about the different sponsoring agencies, the eligibility requirements for each program, and the application requirements and deadlines.

    Register here:

  • DOE Scholars Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for the DOE Scholars Program.  The DOE Scholars Program offers direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas and development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts.  

    Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

    Application Deadline:  February 15, 2024, 10:59 PM

  • 2024 Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Preselection for Illinois Students

    The Illinois preselection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research.

    This special preselection process allows University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff.  Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD.  Eligibility and program details can be found on the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance website

    The deadline to apply is Monday, November 6.

  • NACME Corporate Scholarship Program

    The NACME Corporate Scholars Program offers a one-time $5000 tuition scholarship coupled with a paid summer internship.  

    Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply: 

    • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident and an Underrepresented Minority (URM) 
    • Enrolled full time and/or a full-time matriculating student at a NACME partner university 
    • Majoring in Engineering and/or Computer Science fields
    • Students meeting the above criteria who are NOT currently a NACME Scholar ARE eligible to apply. 
    • Current NACME Scholars are also eligible to apply. 

    Apply now at this link:

    Application Deadlines:

    • November 15, 2023, Priority Consideration
    • Rolling Deadlines – Check each scholarship.
  • NNSA Minority Serving Institution Internship Program – Final Reminder

    The National Nuclear Security Administration Minority Serving Institutions Internship Program (NNSA-MSIIP) is now accepting applications for internships starting in the summer of 2024 for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions.  12-week summer internships begin on June 3, 2024 and end on August 23, 2024.  Year-long internships, beginning on June 3, 2024 and ending on May 23, 2025, include full-time participation during the summer and part-time participation during the academic year.

    You may register for one of NNSA-MSIIP’s webinars to learn more about the program:

    Apply for the NNSA Minority Serving Institution Internship Program at this link:

    Application Deadline: October 22, 2023 at 10:59 p.m.

  • Become A Tutor for CARE

    The Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) is now accepting applications for CARE Tutors for the Spring 2024 semester.  


    • Currently enrolled student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Preference for undergraduate engineering students
    • Completion of at least 24 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
    • Must have received a B or higher on targeted course at Illinois
    • Must be in good academic standing (3.2 GPA or higher).
    • Target courses for tutoring are combination of Math, Physics, Chemistry, and 100/200 level engineering courses

    Go to this link for more information:

    Applications will be accepted from October 16 - 27, 2023.

  • HACIA Scholarship & Education Foundation Application

    The HACIA Scholarship & Education Foundation has established an undergraduate scholarship award for Latino students enrolled in a technology, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services industries curriculum at an accredited university.  The Scholarship Committee will be selecting candidates for a monetary award of $5,000 to be used toward college costs.

    To receive the fullest consideration, Scholarship Applications must be either received via email or postmarked by Friday, December 8, 2023.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    Please see attached PDFs for 2024 College School Application and Checklist for the Scholarship Application.



  • U.S. Department of Defense SMART Scholarship – December 1, 2023 Deadline!

    The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is accepting applications until December 1, 2023.

    SMART is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.  SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed civilian employment with the U.S. Department of Defense after graduation.

    Begin Your SMART Scholarship Application at this link:

  • NSBE’s 2023 Fall Scholarship cycle is now open!

    The National Society of Black Engineers’ 2023 Fall Scholarship cycle is now open!

    To apply for scholarships or to learn more, go to

    To view and apply for scholarships, you must renew your NSBE membership for the year and have a verified GPA in your membership profile.

    The deadline to apply for Fall Scholarships is January 5, 2024, at 10:59 p.m.

    For scholarship questions, or if you experience problems accessing scholarships, please email

  • Community-Academic Scholars Program: November 9th Information Session

    Spend your summer conducting research that makes an impact on our local community through the Community-Academic Scholars Program.  This 10-week summer undergraduate research experience empowers Illinois students from any major to work with an Illinois researcher and community organization on a project designed to directly benefit the community.  Hear from past scholars and learn more at a virtual information session on November 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  Register for Zoom details and a link to the recorded info session

  • SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program

    The SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Program provides students from historically underrepresented demographics with the opportunity to attain their professional goals while advancing the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry and improving the built environment.  Applicants must be current undergraduate (at least a junior level standing) or graduate students in an accredited architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture or engineering program in the United States. 

    This scholarship includes a one-time award of $6,000 to offset the student's tuition at their current academic institution (5 scholarships are awarded each year).  Additionally, the scholarship recipients serve as paid summer interns at SmithGroup offices across the United States (Internship is a program requirement).

    Go to this link to learn more about the application process:

    The 2024 applications will close on November 30th.

    For questions about the SmithGroup J.E.D.I. Scholarship program, please submit an email to

  • Information Sessions for Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) and Engineering Technology & Management for Agricultural Systems (ETMAS)

    If you are considering a major in Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) or Engineering Technology & Management for Agricultural Systems (ETMAS), they are hosting a tour of their facilities and brief information sessions on Thursday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 25th at 1:00 p.m.

    Sign up to join them for a tour and one of their brief information sessions at this link:

  • DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions now accepting applications

    The Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research program is now accepting applications for internships starting in the summer of 2024.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program for undergraduate and graduate students.  HS-POWER is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas which includes social sciences.  As a participant in the HS-POWER Program, you will participate in quality research experiences with federal research facilities and other DHS-STEM focused entities nationwide, and establish connections with DHS professionals.  Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of May – July. 

    Apply at the following link:

    Application Deadline:  December 15, 2023 at 10:59:59 PM

  • General ELA applications for Fall 2024 are now open!

    The applications for upper-class students to serve as Engineering Learning Assistants (ELAs) for ENG 100, ENG 101, and ENG 398 in Fall 2024 are now open!  New General ELAs are expected to complete a 12-week training course (ENG 377) in Spring 2024 and work about 5 – 10 hours per week during the Fall 2024 semester.   Wages for General ELAs in Fall 2024 will be $14/hour. 

    Current sophomores and juniors who are in good standing and eligible to work in the US are invited to apply by Wednesday, October 25 at

    Full position descriptions for ENG 100 & 101 ELAs can be found here: 

    For ENG 398, detailed position descriptions are available at:

  • Spring 2024 Jamaica Leadership Study Abroad

    Application Deadline:  October 15, 2023

    This Engineering faculty-led study tour in Petersfield, Jamaica explores leadership in a global context during 2024 Spring Break.  Participation in the travel component requires enrollment in ENG 298 during the Spring 2024 semester.  

    If interested in this study abroad program, complete the application at this link by October 15, 2023:

    The cost of the program will be $3,500 or less.  This includes room and board, all activities, and all meals except for those at the airport.  To offset some of these costs, apply for the Grainger Engineering International Scholarship and Additional Scholarship Opportunities to Explore .

    If you have any questions, Use Bookings to make an appointment with Hannah Dougherty, Academic Advisor and Coordinator of International Programs in Engineering (IPENG). or email her for availability at

  • Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence Conference

    The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) is hosting its 2023 annual conference, "Inclusion by Design: Nurturing Diversity in STEM," on November 3 – 5, 2023 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center in Oak Brook, Illinois.  This conference offers students, faculty mentors, educational researchers, and program administrators a platform to exchange knowledge and cultivate a community of practitioners and scholars in broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  More conference details are available at this link

    Registration is open until November 1, and the hotel room block for the conference is open until October 21.

  • Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions & Workshop

    If you are a sophomore or junior in a STEM field who has had meaningful research experiences and you plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in science, math, or engineering, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is for you!

    Sophomores and juniors who in the upper quarter of their class (typically a minimum of 3.5 GPA) and who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents are eligible to apply

    The Goldwater scholarship provides $7,500 per full academic year for undergraduate educational expenses.  Sophomores can expect to receive funds for a maximum of two years, while juniors can expect to receive funds for a maximum of one year.  All applicants MUST be committed to pursuing a Ph.D. in the research fields of mathematics, science, or engineering. 

    Students who plan to study medicine are eligible ONLY if they plan on a research career rather than a career as a medical doctor or veterinarian in a private practice.  Typical fields of study include, but are not limited to, applied science, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, entomology, environmental science, genetics, geology, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, zoology, and all fields of engineering.  Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Goldwater Scholarship. 

    Get tips about applying from recent Illinois Goldwater Scholars.

    The required campus deadline is November 27, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

    Application Preparation
    If you are interested in applying, please attend informational sessions

    IN-PERSON Goldwater Scholarship Information Session
    Thursday, October 12, 2023, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    ONLINE Goldwater Scholarship Information Session 
    Friday, October 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -10:00 am
    Register in advance for this Zoom session.

    IN-PERSON Goldwater Scholarship Workshop
    Friday, October 13, 2023, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5

    For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit their website at 

    Book time with Lara Kusnetzky here 

    Book time with David Schug here

  • Truman Scholarship: An Opportunity for Illini Who Want to Change the World

    The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship is available to College Juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of strong academic work, leadership, community service, and commitment to a career in public service.  The scholarship awards $30,000 for use toward a graduate degree in public service fields.  Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other non-profit organizations.  Recipients of the scholarship are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program; this is a non-negotiable condition of receiving funding.

    Application Deadline: The campus deadline for submission is November 6, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

    Application Preparation
    If you are interested in applying, please contact the National and International Scholarships Program at to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are generally scheduled for 1 hour and can be either in-person or through Zoom meetings.  The scholarships office is located at 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building, Floor 5.

    Material Review Policy 
    If you would like your scholarship materials reviewed, those materials must be submitted as email attachments along with a few dates and times you would be available for an appointment no earlier than 2 business days after your submission.

    For more information, visit the university’s website for the National & International Scholarships Program at

  • Amplify Scholarship: Investing in Future Black Scientists

    Application Dates:  October 3, 2023 – November 17, 2023

    The Optica Foundation provides direct funding and support to Black students passionate about physics, engineering, and light-based technologies.

    Each year, 10 Black undergraduate or graduate level students receive a $7,500 scholarship to help ease the financial burden of college.  Other benefits include a one-year members to Optica, access to mentors, and an invitation to the 2024 Amplify Optics Immersion Program

    Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or master's student at a university with at least one year left to complete their education. 

    Undergraduates: have a major in physics, math, chemistry, or engineering and a demonstrated interest in optics and photonics.

    Master's students: have a major and/or concentration in optics or photonics demonstrated with your research and coursework. (If you are a master's student who plans to continue on to a Ph.D. but have not yet finished your master's, you are eligible).

    To learn more about Amplify Black Voices in Optics, go to this link:

    To apply for scholarship, go to this link:

  • Virtual GEM Consortium Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab on October 7, 2023

    Carnegie Mellon University is hosting the GEM Consortium Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab, virtually, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  GEM GRAD Lab offers underrepresented students exposure to the benefits of research and technology careers in applied science and engineering in a highly interactive one-day event.

    Register and see full event information at the link below:

  • Carnegie Mellon Engineering & Public Policy MS Online Information Session on October 10, 2023

    Carnegie Mellon's Engineering & Public Policy (EPP) Department offers an MS program that gives students skills to address policy issues where the scientific and technical details matter.  Carnegie’s EEP MS Program will be hosting an online information session on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    RSVP Here! 

    The information session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Carnegie’s Engineering and Public Policy MS program and the graduate school admission process, and to have questions answered by faculty and staff.

  • Graduate School 101: Engineering Edition! Sponsored by the U.S. Graduate Engineering Consortium

    This Webinar will cover what it takes to be and become a graduate student (MS and PhD), how you can gain more experience to be competitive through Summer Research, and the many career avenues that you can take with a graduate school degree.

    Date and Time:  December 6, 2023 at 6:30 PM

    Register here:

  • Purdue Engineering Virtual Graduate Showcase and Engineering Education Open House in October

    On October 1 – 2, meet Purdue Engineering Staff and Faculty, and learn about both graduate research and summer undergraduate research programs at the Purdue Engineering Virtual Graduate Showcase .  This free, online, and interactive event also includes On Demand resources and access to an Application Fee Waiver for participants.

    You can learn more about pursuing your graduate degree at the World's First Engineering Education Academic Unit at Engineering Education Open House - October 26 - 27 in West Lafayette, IN or online.

  • [NAMEPA] Preparing for Graduate School Applications: Engineering Edition! Webinar with Top Graduate Engineering Universities

    Get ready for graduate school applications with mentorship from top engineering schools around the United States.  The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is hosting two identical sessions – on September 25 and October 18 – to cover the basics of applying to graduate school and share tips for making your application stand out from the crowd.

    Available Dates

    September 25, 2023 - 7:30 PM | Register

    October 18, 2023 - 6:30 PM | Register

    Sponsored by:  Berkeley, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, Northeastern, NYU, Ohio State, Purdue University, Rice University, University of Southern California

    Where:  Zoom (Details provide upon registration)

    If you have questions about accessing the webinar, contact Nina Parshall at

  • Community Energy Innovation Prize - Seeking Student Applicants

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is administering the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Community Energy Innovation Prize and is seeking both student and community organization applicants for funding.  The Community Energy Innovation Prize is designed to fund student groups and organizations that are creating a more inclusive and equitable innovation ecosystem in climate and renewable energy technologies.  In the Collegiate Track, a total prize pool of $450,000 is available for student-led teams to work alongside a community partner on a project related to the clean energy transition.

    There is an upcoming webinar on October 2, 2023 at 3pm E.T. for college students interested in this prize.

    Collegiate Track submissions are due on November 3, 2023.

    More details are provided at this link:

  • Ask Virginia Tech About Graduate School

    If you are interested in pursuing a Master's or PhD in Engineering, Virginia Tech has a diverse team of over 30 exceptional CEED Graduate Ambassadors who are enthusiastic and ready to share their wealth of knowledge about the graduate school experience.

    You can explore the Graduate Ambassadors’ profiles on Virginia Tech’s web page for the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) Graduate Ambassadors at this link:

    CEED Graduate Ambassadors can also be contacted with any questions or inquiries through a convenient online form:

  • Live, Learn and Intern in Chicago this Spring with City Scholars

    City Scholars connects Chicago's leading tech companies with top engineering talent from the Grainger College of Engineering during the Spring 2024 semester.  The City Scholars program is open to undergraduate engineering students specializing in Computer Science, CS + X, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

    The deadline to apply is September 20, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

    If interested, apply here:



  • Community Energy Fellowship Program

    The Community Energy Fellowship Program (CEFP) sponsors candidates from diverse backgrounds to spend 18 months embedded in state, local, and tribal governments (Hosts) learning about and assisting in the implementation of clean energy projects and programs.

    To learn more about CEFP, click on this link:

    The application deadline is October 8, 2023 at 10:59 p.m.

    If interested, apply at this link:


  • ILEW 2023 x GE Appliances Fall Scholarship Application - Latinas in Engineering

    General Electric (GE) Appliances will be awarding TWO $1,000 scholarships through the Diana Iracheta Foundation NFP 501c(3) for the purpose of supporting Latinas studying engineering.  If selected, applicants may have the opportunity to participate in an internship/Co-op at GE Appliances.

    The scholarship application will close on September 7, 2023.

    You can access the scholarship application here: and the career fair registration for 2023 International Latina Engineer Week (ILEW) here:

    You can find more information and get your tickets at

  • Invitation for 2023 International Latina Engineer Week (ILEW), Career Fair and Scholarships

    Latina Engineer and the Diana Iracheta Foundation NFP are bringing scholarship opportunities to all participants of International Latina Engineer Week (ILEW), an event connecting women in engineering and providing resources for them to succeed in STEM fields.  They will be selecting one full-time and one part-time scholarship recipient.

    The scholarship application will close on September 7, 2023.

    You can access the scholarship application here: and the career fair registration here:

    You can find more information and get your tickets at