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Dear Students,

Welcome back to campus! We hope you enjoyed your first week of in-person classes and are excited for the opportunities that lie in the semester ahead.

Regardless of what you have planned for the semester, we hope you will embrace the opportunity to make an impact on campus through participation in undergraduate research! The Office of Undergraduate Research is here to guide and help students during the transition to in-person activities.  

In this email, we have curated a detailed list of new and exciting research opportunities and events for current and aspiring undergraduate researchers. Please help us by sharing this email and encouraging friends to subscribe to our newsletter using the link at the bottom of this email.

 
     
 

Ask an Ambassador!

 
 

Kaitlyn Ho

 
 
 
 

Kaitlyn is a Junior majoring in Mathematics and is currently an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador for our Office! Recently, she worked with the Illinois Geometry Lab investigating ways to increase student engagement in classrooms by incorporating games and concrete materials to help introduce complex math concepts. 

We asked Kaitlyn about her experiences in research and if she had any advice for current or aspiring undergraduate researchers

What have you gained from participating in research?
I have gained multiple mentors who help me achieve my career goals, a passion for research, and the confidence to ask questions in my classes and group settings!

Having gone through the process, would you change anything about your research experience?
​When working in a group and a conflict arises, discuss it early on with your teammates! Too much communication is better than no communication.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring researchers who want to begin their journey into undergraduate research?
​Have conversations with your mentors outside of research. Talk about your goals, their experiences. Also, even if you don't feel qualified, don't be afraid to apply to different programs!

Still have questions about research? Kaitlyn and all of our ambassadors are now accepting meetings with students. Schedule a meeting today at: https://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/ambassadors.html 

 
     
 

Workshops

 
 

Register for one of our many fall workshops!

 
 

 
 

We will be offering both in-person and virtual dates for all of our workshops. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. Workshops will be added throughout the term based on demand.

Find more information and register for our workshops at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

 
 
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During this workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact. 

 
 
 
 

During this workshop, we will discuss the importance (i.e. the personal and professional benefits) of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Students will leave the workshop with (1) knowledge of the skills that can be developed through research, (2) a better understanding of how undergraduate research can benefit them both personally and in their future careers, and (3) how they can showcase this experience to future employers and professional schools. 

 
 
 
 

During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to successfully communicate research skills and experiences through job, graduate school, and internship application documents. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to pull marketable skills from their regular research activities and (2) practical experience marketing these skills and experiences through cover letters, resumes, and CV's.

 
 
 
 

During this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Writers Workshop.

 
     
 

Research Opportunities

 
 

Internal Opportunities

 
 

There are many opportunities available to conduct research alongside faculty, graduate students, and research staff at the University of Illinois. Check your department and college website for research programs and other undergraduate research opportunities. Opportunities may also be included in newsletters sent out by your advisors and major program.

1. Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) - On September 7, we will begin accepting applications to the Spring 2022 URAP cohort. Through URAP, students with little or no research experience will have the opportunity to assist graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with their research projects. Stay tuned and check out the URAP page for more info!

2. Mentoring Undergraduates in Science and Engineering Program (MUSE) - Must be an undergraduate student in the Grainger College of Engineering. International students can apply. The MUSE Program provides students with a research experience in the field of engineering with guidance from a graduate student mentor throughout the academic school year. Students will gain experience completing research tasks, learn about graduate school and the application process. Deadline: Rolling

 
 

External Opportunities

 
 

It's not too early to start thinking about summer 2022 plans, you can make participating in undergraduate research a meaningful part of yours! There are many things that you can participate in, but very few are more rewarding and beneficial than taking part in a formal research program. The Office of Undergraduate Research has curated a brief list of spring and summer research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Research is worth investing in. It can make you grow and feel accomplished as an individual, or help you take the next step in your career. Take a few minutes and look through the list below for any research opportunities that might catch your eye. For a more detailed list of opportunities for Summer 2022, search our Research Opportunity Database

Don't take these opportunities for granted, the more experience you gain, the farther you'll go!

1. Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship Program (STARS) - This program offers juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups, training in research methods in the labs of BWH and Harvard Medical School’s leading researchers. Undergraduates interested in careers as research scientists, physicians, and/or health care professionals should apply. Application opens November 2021.

2. AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering FellowshipThis program connects scientists and journalists by placing undergraduate scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media outlets (National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, etc.). Students sharpen their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues and enhance coverage of science-related issues in media. Application opens October 2021.  

3. Amgen Scholars Science and Biotechnology Undergraduate Research Program - As an Amgen Scholar, students will take part in institutional research projects, hands-on lab experience, and contribute to the advancement of science across biomedical & biotechnology fields. Students will also participate in engaging scientific seminars, workshops, networking events, and receive support from faculty mentors. Application opens November 1, 2021.

4. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center - Interns will work with the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of Museum collections, assist with educational programs and fundraisers, and take part in marketing and day-to-day operations. This opportunity covers disciplines from Marketing, Business, Communications, and Education to Computer Science/Engineering. Priority deadline is December 1, 2021.

5. NFS-REU Minority Health Disparities Initiative - This REU provides students with the opportunity to study health disparities with a focus on understanding social context. Students can receive a competitive stipend of $5,000. Students will be trained in relevant social analysis techniques and use this training to develop hypotheses & learn how to design and conduct health disparities-related research. Application opens November 2021.

6. Marine Science Research & Biological Discovery in Woods Hole (BDWH) - BDWH is a 10-week research experience for undergraduates at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Along with conducting marine research, students will participate in field trips and attend weekly course meetings, seminars and/or luncheons that will explore a wide range of biological science topics. Application opens December 2021.

7. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Internships - The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers undergraduates the opportunity to participate in humanities research experiences during Fall and Spring semesters. Interns will be paid $15 per hour and will work an average of 10 to 15 hours per week. Deadline: September 7, 2021.

 
     
 

Grants

 
 

Research Support Grant

 
 
 
 

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

Travel and on-campus research during COVID-19 pandemic must be in accordance with University and State of Illinois guidelines. Applications for the RSG will be accepted until October 15, 2021.

 
 

Conference Travel Grant

 
 
 
 

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   

Travel during COVID-19 pandemic must be in accordance with University and State of Illinois guidelines. Applications for the CTG will be accepted until September 30, 2021.

 
     
 

Get Started in Research in 10 Easy Steps

 
 

Want to get involved in research? Unsure of where to start? We can help!

 
 
 
 

The University of Illinois is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities with a long and rich history of scholarship, discovery, and innovation. Research at Illinois is diverse and ranges from the humanities and arts to biology and engineering.

We've curated a simple and easy 10-step guide to help aspiring researchers start their journey's into undergraduate research!

 
 

Step 1: Why Participate?

 
 

Reflect on how a research experience will benefit you and your academic journey at Illinois and beyond. Use research to explore your interests, deepen your knowledge, develop transferable skills, network with research colleagues, and contribute to a field (to name a few).

See Steps 2-10, and begin your research journey today!

 
     
 

Other Information

 
 

Undergraduate Research Certificate Program

 
 

 
 
 
 

The Undergraduate Research Certificate provides an added and prestigious credential to present to employers and graduate schools. The certificate requires you to satisfy specific criteria across your research experience(s) here at Illinois.

Haven't started your certificate application yet? Start today! Students are encouraged to start the application early in their research journey; the application can be saved and re-opened, allowing students to continue the application where they left off.           

For more information, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/UGRCertificate

 
     
 

Have Questions? Ask OUR!

 
 

Meet with OUR Team

 
 

 
 
 
 

Our Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment with us today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR  

 
     
 

As always, happy researching!

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