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  • Image of Research - 2023 Undergraduate Research Competition

    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. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. “Research” is defined broadly to include creative and scholarly work in all fields. The image submitted can represent your work either concretely or abstractly. Perhaps it is an image of your research itself, an activity related to your research, or the impact of your research.

    For more information, see full post.

  • Apply to be a Summer 2023 Community-Academic Scholar!

    Interested in doing research with impact this summer? The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative (organized by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute) matches undergraduates with research projects designed to directly benefit community members served by the partner organization. We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2023 student application period is now open. The deadline to apply is Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

  • 2023 Summer Programs at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is seeking undergraduate applicants for two summer 2023 student programs. Please share with your students. See full post for more information.

  • OUR is Hiring Undergraduate Research Ambassadors!

    OUR is seeking highly motivated and personable undergraduate students who are eager to guide and support their peers through the Illinois undergraduate research experience. If you have previous experience in research, whether through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, we invite you to apply to become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help other students navigate their own research journeys.

    Deadline to apply is Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:59pm.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Genomics/Physiology of Nitrogen Metabolism and Photosynthesis

    The Brooks lab is looking for an undergraduate research assistant who is interested in gaining experience in plant physiology and genomics. Work in the lab is aimed at understanding how photosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism are coordinated and how these processes will respond to climate change. Duties will include growing plants, helping carry out experiments, analyzing data, and assisting with general laboratory maintenance. Specific techniques that are used in the lab are RNA/DNA extractions, PCR, cloning, and measuring nitrogen and photosynthetic traits by various techniques.

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium 2023 - Now accepting student presenter applications!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 27, 2023. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 23-39, 2023), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus 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 and art exhibits), 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 March 10, 2023, at 11:59 pm. 

  • Inaugural cohort of research teams to participate in national advocacy program

    Four teams of Illinois faculty, staff, and undergraduate researchers were selected to take part in a new program to build national awareness of the benefits of undergraduate research as a high-impact educational practice. These four Illinois teams were funded and supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Office of the Provost.

  • 2023 Mayo Clinic SURF | Illinois pre-selection closes Nov. 7

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences as a PhD or MD-PhD, Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to work alongside scientists at one of the world’s leading biomedical research centers. Up to seven fellowships are reserved for sophomores and juniors nominated by a University of Illinois selection committee.

    Apply by Nov. 7 to be considered for this special pre-selection process.

    Get details and apply:

  • Call for Papers: The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

    SUBMIT your paper to The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

    We are seeking undergraduate research papers and reflection pieces for our special issue: “Health Topics in Community-Based Research and Service Learning”

    This Special Issue can include topics of service learning and community-based research projects that:

    • improve community health outcomes
    • reduce health disparities
    • address physical, emotional, and social health

    Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of January 2023!

    Submissions will be accepted through the journal website (

    If you have any questions, please contact the special issue editor Dr. Amelia Huelskamp ( or the general journal address (

  • Undergraduate Research Support Grant Deadline is Friday, October 14

    The deadline for applications to the Fall 2022 Research Support Grant competition is Friday, October 14, 2022.