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  • Undergraduate Research Workshops - Fall 2019 Calendar

    The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Fall 2019 calendar for the Getting Started in Research, Value of Undergraduate Research, and Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers workshops. Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found in this post.

  • Student Appointments / Drop-in Hours with The Office of Undergraduate Research

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Manufacturing Self-Healing Fiber-Reinforced Composites

    The Sottos lab is offering a unique research opportunity on biologically inspired self-healing and self-reporting polymers. They are looking for a driven and detail-oriented undergraduate student who is interested in learning composite manufacturing, numerous characterization techniques, and the highly delicate process of capsule synthesis. Wet lab experience and a background in polymer science and/or composites is preferable, but not required. The student will be expected to follow all safety guidelines and proper procedures by their mentor and lab management.

    Click the article for more information on this opportunity

  • We are Hiring! - Seeking one Photography Intern for OUR

    Photography Intern: The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking a motivated and experienced undergraduate student photographer to assist with photographing students and research programs on campus. The photography intern will have the unique opportunity to help lead and shape the visual brand of our office. The photography intern will be expected to work, on average, 5 hours per week (workstation and required software will be provided). This is a paid internship at $12/hour. Federal Work Study designation is preferred.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Adolescent Goal Setting - A Ball Throwing Study

    The Napolitano lab is offering a unique opportunity to be involved in multiple stages of the research process, including a critical role in data collection! You will have the opportunity to collect data from middle and high school students in an Educational Psychology research experiment!

  • 2019 Undergraduate Research Week Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2019 Undergraduate Research Week award winners! 

  • Undergraduate Research Week 2019 Is Here!

    Undergraduate Research Week 2019 (April 14 - 20)

    Undergraduate Research Week 2019 is here and the final program has been posted!

    The Undergraduate Research Week showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Campus events include special exhibits, and colloquia sponsored by individual departments, programs, and units, highlighting the best of our students’ work. The Undergraduate Research Symposium (All day on Thursday, April 18 in the Illini Union) is URW’s day-long signature event where hundreds of students from all academic disciplines share their research through oral panels, poster presentations, and performances. A highlight of the Symposium is our special lunchtime session, with 4 of our best and brightest demonstrating the range of research that occurs at Illinois. We invite you to come be inspired!.

    You can find a link to the URW 2019 program here:

    Stay up-to-date on URW events by following us on Twitter @ugresearch_UI,  Facebook @UGResearchIllinois, and Instagram @ugresearch_UI

  • Now Accepting Applications to Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program (IURA)

    The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking motivated and experienced undergraduate researchers to participate in our Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURA) program. IURAs are a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ambassadors will promote undergraduate research on the UIUC campus and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent UIUC’s diverse array of disciplines.

    Applications are due April 25, 2019 at 11:59pm.

  • Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence

    Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence
    a program of the Association of Research Libraries

    Wondering about the digital humanities or data science? Concerned about information access and equity? Interested in exploring how digital technologies can help us re-imagine libraries and archives? Explore a future in information!

    The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence introduces diverse undergraduate students to the work and culture of the contemporary research library and archive. The program focuses on digital stewardship—the care and management of digital information resources over their life cycle, including creation, collection, preservation, access, and use.

    The fellowship includes:

    • a one-year, paid internship position in a host research library or archive (such as the University of Illinois Library);
    • a mentorship program with peers & professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups;
    • free membership in a professional organization of the participant's choice;
    • a capstone institute at the end of the fellowship year for additional professional development and community building; . . . and more!

    To be eligible for this fellowship, you must:

    • identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada or Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications;
    • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
    • be enrolled as an undergraduate for the duration of the fellowship;
    • express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library & information science (LIS) or archives field as well as training in diversity, inclusion, and social justice topics; and
    • express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives.

    Upload a résumé; a 500-word statement of interest; and your undergraduate transcript by April 26th, 2019. Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the ARL Program Coordinator for Grants Administration, Mira Swearer,

    For further details, visit the website of the Association of Research Libraries:

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    Internships at the University Library could involve curating archives and special collections materials (including digital collections), creating metadata, developing online exhibits, helping with digitization projects or digital platforms, and/or other efforts related to digital preservation and access. Tasks could include language translation, social media outreach, and more! Interns may be considered for placement in several Library units, including—but not limited to—Preservation Services, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University Archives, Illinois and History Collections, Literatures and Languages Library (including Classics), and Scholarly Communications and other units affiliated with the Offices of Digital Strategies and Research.

    For general questions about the ARL fellowship, possible internship projects at the University of Illinois Library, and a future in Library & Information Science, please contact Dr. Bonnie Mak,

  • Enter the Image of Research – UR Edition competition

    The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research.

    Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for:

    • Connection between image, text, and research
    • Originality
    • Visual Impact

    All images submitted will be included in IDEALS, hosted and archived by the University Library for long term preservation.Accepting submissions from February 21, 2019--March 29, 2019.

    • First prize: $300
    • Second prize: $200
    • Additionally, there may be up to two honorable mentions

    All entries will be on display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 18, 2019. 

    For more information:  

    P.S. You may also be interested in the Undergraduate Library’s 50th Anniversary Design Competition: