Undergraduate Research

Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program

ISUR offers a select group of students a two-semester experience with a research learning community. Through the learning-by-apprenticeship model, you will become familiar with research methodologies, develop your research skills, gain exposure to what graduate school entails, and gain experience needed for graduate school acceptance. As an ISUR scholar, you will also present your research in the annual research expo held in the spring semester.

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Mentoring Undergraduates in Science and Engineering (MUSE) Program

Piloted in Fall 2015, the MUSE program was designed to foster mentoring relationships. The program aims to network undergraduate students with graduate students and to facilitate mentor-mentee relationships based on a common research interest. Participants define their own goals and the direction of the mentoring relationship. Participants may decide to work on a research project together, provide shadowing opportunities, or guidance in preparing for graduate school.

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research.

Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) Program

PURE is a student organization-led, interdisciplinary research program in the College of Engineering aimed at pairing freshman and sophomore undergraduate students with research mentors. The goal of the program is to encourage underclassmen to explore research at an early stage in their academic career. Each pair will decide on a project to work on throughout the semester. If you participate in the PURE program, you may register for research credit.

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