The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is looking for motivated and personable first- and second-year undergraduates who are excited to introduce and support peers through the Illinois research experience. If you have participated in a research project, be it through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, you can become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador and help other students along their research journeys. Ideal candidates should demonstrate at least one semester (or 1 full summer semester) of engagement in research/creative inquiry and exhibit excellent communication skills. Such candidates should be reliable, organized, personable, and respectful.
How do you know if you have research experience? You probably have experience if you have:
- Conducted research as part of laboratory or team
- Participated in a research-based course (e.g., research methods)
- Participated in a research program (e.g., URAP, IPRH Bio-Humanities, Ethnography of the University Initiative)
- Are currently pursuing a thesis, capstone project, or independent study
- Under the supervision of a graduate student, faculty, or research staff member:
- Conducted lab work
- Conducted literature reviews
- Conducted textual analysis of different literature
- Analyzed primary sources
- Conducted interviews, surveys, focus groups
- Wrote or produced a story based on some of the previous steps
If you are interested but unsure that you have research/creative inquiry experience, reach out to us! The actual practice of research/creative inquiry varies across disciplines. We can help you figure it out if the IURA Program is right for you!
The deadline to apply is December 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.