blog navigation

blog posts

  • Sign up for OUR's monthly email newsletter

    It is now easier than ever before to stay notified! Sign up for the Office of Undergraduate Research monthly email newsletter to receive occasional emails about research programs, events, opportunities, and helpful information for current and aspiring undergraduate researchers. Students are encouraged to sign up at:

  • OUR's Director Elected Division Councilor to Council on Undergraduate Research

    OUR's Director -- Dr. Karen Rodriguez'G -- has been elected as an Undergraduate Research Programs Division Councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research. She will serve from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.

  • 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium award winners! 

  • Undergraduate Research Week 2022 Is Here!

    Undergraduate Research Week 2022 (April 24 - 30)

    Undergraduate Research Week 2022 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 28 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. We invite you to come be inspired!.

    You can find a link to the URW 2022 program here:

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


    The Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research group is looking for undergraduate research assistants ( We support engineering and science faculty and graduate students as they learn, incorporate, and adapt practices from writing studies research in ways that enrich both their technical learning objectives and their students’ communication skills. We also research the effectiveness of this support.

    For more information, please see full blog post.

  • Weekly Drop-in Hours for URS Applicants & Presenters

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is hosting weekly virtual drop-in hours to support students applying to and presenting at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). Stop by and ask questions about your application, presentation, other questions about the Symposium. Details included in full post.


    We are looking for skilled and motivated undergraduate students to work on several projects in the LLVM Research Group. We are a group in the Illinois CS Department led by Prof. Vikram Adve, and we focus on building compilers for heterogeneous parallel systems and novel hardware. We are currently looking for multiple students to work on a variety of projects. All these projects are open projects, and we are looking for students who are interested in working with us long term. As such, we require a commitment of 15 hours per week for Fall and Spring terms, and 40 hours per week for Summer. The pay will be based on seniority level with an average of $17.00/hour.

    For full description, including how to apply, please see full posting.

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium 2022 - Application Due March 15, 2022

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is currently accepting submissions for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 28, 2022. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 24-30, 2022), 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 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm. 

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Purdue

    Applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Purdue University are still open!

    Deadline to apply is February 15, 2022 (less than two weeks away)!

    This is a paid research opportunity (summer stipend). 

    For more information, including how to apply, please see full description.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Undergraduate Research Assistant in Railroad Safety and Data Analysis

    The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) Rail Safety and Risk Group is looking for undergraduate research assistants who excel in programming (Python, R, Matlab, VBA, SQL), ArcGIS, machine learning techniques, and statistics skills, to assist in various railroad safety, risk, and data analyses projects.

    This is a paid position. Opportunities for Spring, Summer, Fall 2022.

    For more information, including how to apply, please see the full description.