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  • Beckman Program Provides Undergrads with Research Experience, Professional Development

    This summer, 10 undergraduate students performed research at the forefront of advanced imaging and microscopy technologies through the “Discoveries in Bioimaging” Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Funded by the National Science Foundation, the 10-week program, which ended Aug. 4, allowed the students to experience life as a graduate student.

  • 2017 Undergraduate Research Week Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2017 Undergraduate Research Week award winners! 

  • Drop-in Hours for Thursday, May 4

    Drop-in hours for Thursday, May 4, will be canceled.

  • #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):


  • Undergraduate Research Week 2017 (April 23 - 29) - Program is Posted!

    URW 2017 is Coming…..

    Undergraduate Research Week 2017 is almost upon us (April 23-29; with a few early birds beginning this week), and its bigger than ever! URW showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the U of I. Campus events include workshops on getting started in research, 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 4 of our best and brightest demonstrating the range of research that occurs at Illinois, from the scarcity of African-Americans in STEM fields to the future of renewable energy. We invite you to come be inspired!

    You can find the program attached to this email, and on our website at:

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

  • 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.

  • Reminder: Submit your entry to Image of Research - UR Edition!

    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.

    Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for:

    • Connection between image, text, and research
    • Originality
    • Visual Impact

    All images submitted will be included in IDEALS, hosted and archived by the University Library for long term preservation.

    Accepting submissions from January 20, 2017-March 1, 2017.

    All entries will be on display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April.

    For more information:

  • Workshop: Essential data management topics for undergrads!

    Have a pile of data or project files floating around your computer? Data and file management is an essential task for students but can be hard to get started. Go no further! In this workshop you will identify, group, and plan on how to reorganize your current and future data. We will discuss strategies for organization, folder structure, and create an organizational plan.

    Join us for this interactive session that will give you concrete answers to your data questions! 

    Monday, April 3rd, 2017 from 4pm-5pm

    Location: 314 Main Library [The workshop will be held in the Main Library, Library 314. Take the north stairwell (Armory and Wright Street entrance) to the 3rd floor of the Main Library and make a left at the top of the stairs.]

    For more information on managing your data:

    Instructor: Elizabeth Wickes, Research Data Services

    Check out our other Savvy Researcher workshops:

    Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons, University Library

  • 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:

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

    Questions may be addressed to

  • Spring 2017 Conference Travel Grant Competition