Did you know that over 50% of students at UIUC conduct research? Undergraduate research is important for those who plan to pursue graduate school and it also counts as engineering experience to help launch your career. Therefore, we highly encourage you to obtain an undergraduate research experience regardless of whether it is a part of your James Scholar contract. Find out how to identify a research opportunity/professor to work with here!
To create a research focused James Scholar contract you can simply identify a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework related to you research topic that also satisfies the contract requirements. The contract would typically include a 400 level independent study or senior thesis course while you conduct research under a professor.
Students must meet all eligibility criteria to apply to the undergraduate research programs