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  • 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. 

  • 12 Undergraduates and OUR Director Among Those Named NCSA Fiddler Innovation Fellows for AY2019-2020

    This year’s class of undergraduate Fiddler Fellows includes 12 students from a variety of disciplines, spanning from Architecture to Engineering and even the humanities. Fiddler Innovation Graduate Student Fellowship Awards were also presented to three graduate students, and the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship was awarded to five faculty members.

    The undergraduate award, which consists of a $1,000 stipend, was given to students whose research at NCSA crossed over into multiple disciplines, encouraging exploration of new topics and innovation. Awardees from this year studied everything from real-time immersive virtual environments for education and learning to food insecurity on college campuses.

  • Drop-In Hours Today 10/31/2019

    Drop-in hours today will shortened today from 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM. Happy Halloween; Stay Spooky!

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Discovery and Engineering of Biomolecules by Synthetic Biology

    The Zhao lab in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is currently seeking undergraduate students who are interested in synthetic biology. They are offering a research assistant position mainly for natural product discovery and biomolecular engineering and will offer 3 or 4 credit hours (hours negotiable) for this position. Sophomores and juniors with GPA 3.8 and above are welcomed for application. Please email with your CV attached if you are interested.

  • Fall 2019 - Undergraduate Research Support Grant and Conference Travel Grant - Applications being Accepted

    The Office of Undergraduate is now accepting student applications to the Research Support and Conference Travel Grants for the Fall 2019 semester. For more information including how to apply for funding, please view the full article.

  • 2019 Data Visualization Competition

    The Data Visualization Competition is a chance for you to show off your skills in communicating information visually. Undergraduate researchers, show off your data and presentation skills and win up to $400!

    All submissions must be received by October 6, 2019.

    For more information see the poster below and also visit:

    The Data Visualization Competition is sponsored by the Scholarly CommonsCITLIllinois Informatics Institute, and Research IT.

  • 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