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  • 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners! 

  • We are live! Come visit the virtual 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium!

    Our virtual 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) launched yesterday (Monday, April 27) and we're excited to see that the response has been overwhelmingly positive! There is still plenty of time to stop by and support our student presenters (URS will be live April 27 - May 1).

  • Virtual 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    The 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place April 27 through May 1 and will be hosted through Compass2g. Our annual symposium celebrates undergraduate excellence and innovation in research at the University of Illinois and provides a great opportunity for the campus community to learn from our student scholars. 

    While we have been quite challenged by the scale of moving such a large event into a virtual medium, we are also inspired by the dedication of the Illinois community in supporting our students at such a historical moment.  We hope this online space, at the very least, honors the essence and integrity of our in-person event.

    When: Student video presentations will be on display April 27 through May 1. We will be hosting a 1-hour Zoom presentation to kick off the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium from 12pm - 1pm on Monday, April 27. Link will be posted below once it is available.

    Where: The 2020 URS will be hosted through Compass2g. To access the symposium, please follow the instructions at: to enroll in the symposium "course". This will allow you to see the student presentations and provide feedback to presenters.

    Thank you for your continued support of our office and its symposium.

  • Update on 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium

    The Office of Undergraduate Research has cancelled the in-person Undergraduate Research Symposium and is currently working to move the symposium to an online format.


  • Drop-in Hours Suspended Until Further Notice

    Due to growing concerns with and uncertainty about COVID-19, the Office of Undergraduate Research has decided to suspend it's weekly drop-in hours until further notice. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to email us with questions.

  • Research Funding and Opportunities for STEM Undergraduates

    Three opportunities for STEM undergraduates.

  • 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 campus and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the U of I's diverse array of disciplines.

    Applications are due March 16, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • Image of Research -- UR Edition Competition

    Due to COVID-19, the Image of Research -- UR Edition has been canceled for Spring 2020. We hope to be back Fall 2020!


    Do you learn from imagery? Have you participated in undergraduate research? Submit an image of your scholarly work and win up to $300! 

    The Image of Research – UR Edition is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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

    First prize: $300

    Second prize: $200

    Additionally, there may be up to two honorable mentions. 

    For more information: 

    All entries will be on display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and are archived for long term preservation in IDEALS.

  • Undergraduate Research Workshops - Spring 2020 Calendar

    The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2020 calendar for the Value of Undergraduate Research, Getting Started in Research, and Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers workshops. Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found in this post.

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020 - Now accepting student applications!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26-May 2), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates. 


    All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on the URS, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: 


    Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Sunday March 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm.