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  • The Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop

    During this workshop, we will discuss the importance of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. This will include a discussion of how engaging in research can impact your career development, and how to communicate this value effectively. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how undergraduate research can benefit you both now and following graduation, and (2) an idea of how to effectively communicate the value of research experiences to future employers. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research and The Career Center.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Study on Gender, Culture, and Fieldwork in India

    Dr. Goodnight is looking for an undergraduate research assistant to help complete a qualitative study exploring the role of gender in conducting fieldwork in India. Specifically, this research examines Indian women’s experiences in collecting data on the quality of primary education in rural villages.

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

  • 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.

  • Community Health Research Internship Available for Undergraduates at UofI

  • OUR is Hiring! Now Accepting Applications for Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors!

    OUR is seeking highly motivated and personable undergraduate students from all majors who are eager to guide and support their peers through the Illinois undergraduate research experience. If you have previous experience in research or creative inquiry, 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, March 18, 2024 at 11:59pm.

  • Faculty/Program Development Grant 2018/19 - Request for Proposals

    Request for Proposals for Faculty/Program Development Grants for Undergraduate Research 2018/19. Deadline to apply is March 23, 2018.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Bio-Humanities, 2016-17

    Are you a life science or bio-engineering major interested in philosophy, politics, history, and literature?  Are you a humanities major who also dabbles in biochemistry, molecular biology, endocrinology, or neuroscience? Are you interested in exploring how the sciences and the humanities are together generating new areas of research?

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Bio-humanities research group for the academic year 2016–2017.DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 1, 2016.

  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Mayo Clinic Summer 2022

    Interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences as a PhD or MD-PhD? Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is an excellent opportunity to work alongside scientists at one of the world’s leading biomedical research centers. This is a Summer 2022 opportunity. 

    Application deadline is November 7, 2021. For further details, please see full blog post.

  • 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.

  • International and Area Studies Research Certificate

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the International and Area Studies Library (IASL) are excited to unveil the International & Area Studies Research Certificate. This certificate is designed to support students who are already enrolled in a degree program, but are interested in exploring the cultures and languages of the world, as well as the environment, economic and political systems.

    View full post for more information.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Community-Academic Scholars Initiative Projects Announced

    The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches undergraduates with a faculty mentor and a community partner to address issues affecting our community. Students will be able to read through project descriptions to identify the projects on which they think they can have the greatest impact. This year’s program will include fourteen powerful projects from faculty across the University of Illinois that address a range of topics, including the impacts of COVID-19, poverty and social inequality, nutrition, physical activity, social-emotional learning, LGBTQ health, technology and aging, racial disparities, Veterans’ issues, and the role that forest preserves play in community and individual health. This is a Summer 2021 research opportunity.

    For more information and to apply, please see full blog post.

  • Undergraduate Research Workshops - Fall 2023 Calendar

    The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Fall 2023 calendar for the Planning Your Research Journey Workshop, Getting Started in Research Workshop, Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop, Research to Resume Workshop, and our 15-minute Research Bites.

    We will have both in-person and online workshops available for each offering. Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found in this post.

  • Undergraduate Research Support Grant Fall 2017 applications now being accepted

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

    For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

    Deadline for applications will be Thursday, October 19, at 11:59 p.m.

     

    Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

  • Undergraduate Research Workshops - Spring 2019 Calendar

    The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 hren6@illinois.edu with your CV attached if you are interested.

  • Research Opportunity - Mechanobiology of metastatic crosstalk in cancer

    Position for an undergraduate researcher available in the Taher Saif lab at MechSE. The project's primary goal is to investigate how mechanical properties of the tumor microenvironment influences metastatic progression. We shall explore the crosstalk between cancer cells and other cells (e.g. cancer associated fibroblasts) in the tumor. 

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

  • Spring 2018 - Undergraduate Research Support Grant and Conference Travel Grant - Applications being Accepted

    Research Support Grant (RSG) This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

    For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

    The deadline for applications is March 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

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    Conference Travel Grant (CTG) This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.

    For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

    The deadline for applications is February 21, 2018 at 11:59pm.

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Illinois pre-selection for 2021 Mayo Clinic SURF | Apply by Nov. 8

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences as an 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. 8 to be considered for this special pre-selection process.

  • New Undergraduate Research Support Grant! Applications now being accepted!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) announces its new Research Support Grant (RSG), which replaces the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship-Abroad (SURF-A), and Research Travel Grant. The goals for this new grant are to provide students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  There will be two application cycles every academic year – one at the beginning of the Fall semester, and one at the beginning of the Spring semester.

    For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

    Deadline for applications will be Monday, November 14, at 11:59 p.m.

    Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

  • Research opportunity in toxicology undergraduates from under-represented minorities

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Toxicology (SURE Tox) program at the University of Illinois will provide high quality research experiences for under-represented minority junior and senior undergraduate students during the summer academic break.  The program involves active participation by faculty members from several departments and colleges at the University of Illinois, all of whom have expertise in toxicology and experience training undergraduate students.  The program also interacts with the PEER and the Environmental Toxicology Program.

  • Maleiha Carino Foundation Scholarship for Cancer Research Advancement

    The Maleiha Carino Foundation Scholarship for Cancer Research Advancement recognizes outstanding contributions made by undergraduate researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of cancer research. This encompasses various aspects of cancer research, including basic, translational, clinical, and social/cultural dimensions.

  • Undergraduate Research Support Grant applications now being accepted

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

    For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

    Deadline for applications will be Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m.

    Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY - WRITING ACROSS ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE

    The Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research group is looking for undergraduate research assistants (https://publish.illinois.edu/waes/). 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Applications to Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Due Thursday!

    Applications for the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program is due October 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

  • 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.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity on the Genomics of Pathogenic Fungi

    An undergraduate research opportunity is available to study genomes of pathogenic fungi. The project runs for the 2018 calendar year, including summer. Students with sophomore or junior standing for 2018 are eligible for the project. Pre-dental students are especially encouraged to apply. Full details about the project and application information are available at http://vetmed.illinois.edu/fungal-genomes

  • 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: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/symposium.html

     

    Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is March 10, 2023, at 11:59 pm. 

  • Apply for the Aspiring Researchers Alliance

    The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting applications for the Aspiring Researchers Alliance, a pilot program to guide and support students through the process of securing an undergraduate research experience. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 13 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: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction in a mouse model of aging

    TIME SENSITIVE: The research opportunity involves behavioral and biochemical experiments in a project aimed at studying postoperative cognitive decline in aged mice and in a novel mouse model of hippocampal aging. The student would do molecular biological, biochemical and behavioral experiments to study cognition in genetically modified mice. Experience in a life sciences lab would be an advantage. Willingness to work with mice. Students with majors in biology, psychology or related subjects may apply. This opportunity is for two months full-time in the summer, e.g. July and August 2021. The hourly rate is $11.00 per hour. The PI plans to apply to a NIH program to provide this salary support. A biosketch of the student would have to be included in the application. Therefore, interested candidates are invited to contact the PI by e-mail (urudolph@illinois.edu) as soon as possible, at the latest by April 6, 2021.

    For more information, please see full post.

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity on Bacterial Motility

    The laboratory of Professor Yann Chemla in the Department of Physics is offering an opportunity for an undergraduate to work on a research project on bacterial motility. We work on studying motion of bacteria at both the single cell and population level using sophisticated instrumentation tailored for particular applications. A major focus of our work is on studying how the motion of the bacteria changes in response to environmental cues such as chemicals and light.  

  • Image of Research – UR Edition Competition 2016

    The Image of Research - UR Edition 2016 is now taking submissions.

    Have you constructed data visualizations for your research? Have you taken photos of your original student work? 

    Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the images relates to the research.

    Awards: First prize: $300 Second prize: $200 Additionally, there may be up to two honorable mentions.

    All submissions will be displays at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 21, 2016. 

    See examples of past winners and all submissions: http://imageofresearch.omeka.net/

    Submission form: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/48397

    Deadline for submissions: 12pm CST Sunday, March 27, 2016

    For more information, please see the Image of Research-UR website

    Questions should be addressed to sc@library.illinois.edu

    The Image of Research is organized by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Research and is supported by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • informational flyer

    Foundations of Academic Research and Creative Activity Course - Spring 2024

    We are excited to showcase a new Spring 2024 course available for Illinois students. The "Foundations of Academic Research and Creative Activity" course is thoughtfully designed for undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs across all academic disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, STEM, and more.

  • Undergraduate Research Course

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Deadline for applications to Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (formerly SURP), are due February 20.

  • Undergraduate Research Week 2018 (April 15 - 21) - Program is Posted!

    Undergraduate Research Week 2018 is here!

    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, URW’s day-long signature event, will see hundreds of students from all academic disciplines share their research through oral panels, poster presentations, and performances. A highlight of the Symposium is our special lunch time session, with 3 of our best and brightest demonstrating the range of research that occurs at Illinois, from the arts and social change, to the effect of environmental toxinson developing embryos. We invite you to come be inspired!.

    You can find the program attached to this email, and on our website at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/researchweek.html

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

  • Spring 2021 - 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 Spring 2021 semester. For more information including how to apply for funding, please view the full article.

  • Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours for Office of Undergraduate Research

  • Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop - April 26, 2017

    In the Getting Started in Research Workshop (GSIRW), we will provide an overview of the various forms undergraduate research that take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus and guide students to develop a plan of action to locate relevant research opportunities on campus and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors.

  • 2014 Undergraduate Research Week Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2014 Undergraduate Research Week award winners! 

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium 2019 - Deadline fast approaching!

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is accepting submissions for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 18. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 14-20), 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: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/symposium.html 

     

    Deadline for submitting an application to the URS is Friday, February 1, 2019, at 11:59 pm. 

  • Fall 2020 - 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 2020 semester. For more information including how to apply for funding, please view the full article.

  • #IMPARTOFIT - Undergraduate Research Week

    Dear Presenters,The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to announce its inaugural #IMPARTOFIT campaign. All students presenting at Undergraduate Research Week events (including the Undergraduate Research Symposium) are eligible for a chance to win a $25, $35, and $50 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore. Promote your research for a chance to win! For instructions on how to be part of it, please see the brochure below (also attached to this post):

     

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

    The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches undergraduate students with an academic mentor and a community partner to collaborate over the summer on a project designed to directly benefit community members served by the partner organization.

    This is a paid research experience. For more informationabou the Initiative and how to apply, see full posting. 

    Deadline is February 10, 2022.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: 2024 Community-Academic Scholars Program

    The Community-Academic Scholars program is a 10-week summer research experience that empowers undergraduates in all majors to address critical issues in Champaign-Urbana. Scholars work with an Illinois researcher and a community organization on a research project designed to directly benefit the community members served by the partner organization. Review the project descriptions and the scholar's role within each project to find projects that best match your strengths and background. Apply by Feb. 6.  This is a Summer 2024 research opportunity.

    For more information and to apply, please see full blog post.