The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce its workshop calendar for Fall 2023.
We will be offering dates for both in person and virtual workshops. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. Workshops will be added throughout the term based on demand.
Come join us for coffee, tea, and cookies while we discuss various topics pertaining to your current (or future) undergraduate research journey. These short (15 minutes) workshops are more casual than our standard 1-hour workshops but are still packed with information you won't want to miss. Topics include:
- Discovering the Potential of Undergraduate Research
- A Quick Overview of How to Begin your Research Journey at Illinois
- Crafting a Successful Email to a Prospective Research Mentor
- Finding Summer Research Opportunities
Planning Your Research Journey Workshop (PYRJW)
Welcome incoming freshman to the University of Illinois! Undergraduate research is widely recognized as one of the highest-impact experiences that a student can have during their time at university, but we know it can be intimidating. Join the Office of Undergraduate Research to address any concerns you may have about research, discuss how your interests are reflected in research around campus, and create your plan to get started!
Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop (GSIRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact.
Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop (PWRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.
Research to Resume Workshop (RTRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to successfully communicate research skills and experiences through job, graduate school, and internship application documents. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to pull marketable skills from their regular research activities and (2) practical experience marketing these skills and experiences through cover letters, resumes, and CV's.