Research Opportunities

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


Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR)

  • Undergraduate students in engineering disciplines who are interested in a two-semester mentored research experience are encouraged to apply to the ISUR program.

  • Scholars receive a minimum of $1000 scholarship ($500 each semester) and up to $350 conference travel support to present their research.

  • A total of 40 students each year are accepted to be ISUR scholars.

  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Research Scholars  - New Opportunity!

  • Applications are open for the CBL Undergraduate Research Awards for 2020-2021. The awards aim to support women undergraduates seeking to study or teach science, math, and/or engineering via the research pathway to graduate studies.

  • Scholars recieve up to $12,000 to do mentored research for an entire year (fall, spring, summer).

  • Each year, eight (8) women will be selected to be Clare Booth Luce Research Scholars.

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2021. Click here for more information.

DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars

  • Women undergraduate students in select science and engineering fields who plan to do mentored research on campus in summer are invited to apply to be a DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholar.

  • Scholars receive $5,000 for 10 weeks of research.

  • Four (4) women will be selected for Summer 2021.

  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

IBM-IL C3SR-Undergraduate Research in Artificial Intelligence (URAI) Scholars

  • Undergraduate students (domestic and international) in CS, ECE, or ISE are assigned to work on research projects for at least two-semesters with guidance of CS3R Researchers.

  • Scholars recieve $1,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) and up to $350 conference travel support to present their research, plus additional awards for their performance.

  • At least ten (10) students will be selected for 2020-2021.

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2021. Click here for more information.

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Virtual Research Workshop

September 15th, 2020

Want to know how to get involved in research this semester? Come join us at our virtual workshop where talk about that as well as many other opportunities in research.

Research Workshop and Luncheon

November 12, 2019

Know more about what undergraduate research entails, its benefits, how you can use it to satisfy your James Scholar Contract, and how to strategically search for opportunities on and off campus.

Missed out? No worries! View the powerpoint here!