C3SR-Undergraduate Research in Artificial Intelligence

The IBM-ILLINOIS Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) in partnership with ISUR launched its Undergraduate Research in Artificial Intelligence (URAI) program in 2019. The new initiative, ISUR C3SR-URAI, will provide two-semester research experiences to domestic and international students. C3SR-URAI scholars will be assigned to research projects focusing on fundamental cognitive computing and AI science, applied AI engineering and technologies, and practical AI solutions and systems. They will receive the same benefits as any ISUR scholar, such as $1000 research scholarship for the academic year ($500/semester), participation in research seminar series luncheons, and presentation of research projects in the year-end ISUR Poster Expo. They will conduct cutting-edge AI research at C3SR with guidance and mentorship from distinguished C3SR faculty and experienced graduate researchers, and have the opportunity to publish scientific papers in leading AI international conferences. In addition to enrolling for the required ENG 199 UGR class (Undergraduate Research Seminar), C3SR-URAI scholars are required to register for independent study credits with their C3SR faculty mentor.

For more information about C3SR, please visit their website at www.c3sr.com.


Work on novel projects involving AI applications and systems in various fields
$1000 research scholarship ($500/semester)
Independent study credits with C3SR faculty mentor
Additional funding awards and conference travel support (e.g., Grace Hopper Conference, NSBE/SHPE Annual Convention)


  • University of Illinois student majoring in computer science, engineering, and information sciences
  • At least junior standing based on credits (at least 60 credit hours)
  • Must have taken CS 225 or equivalent course
  • In good academic standing with a University of Illinois overall GPA of 3.5 or higher

Women, first-generation students, and students from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Resume (PDF file)

Statement of Interest (PDF file) describing background skills, and experience that would make you a good fit for the research work in C3SR

Tentative schedules for fall and spring semesters

  • Use this Excel spreadsheet: Schedule for Fall and Spring
  • If you are not sure about your spring schedule, please list the courses you plan to take in the spring

Completion of Online Application Form

Application Form

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

Notifications will be sent via email by April 15, 2022

For inquiries, please email the ISUR program director, Dr. Natasha Mamaril, at nmamaril@illinois.edu.