Make a connection:

The Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) is a university-wide initiative dedicated to fostering scholarly engagement and intellectual growth. Its mission is to make research an integral part of the undergraduate academic experience at UIC by creating mutually beneficial research relationships between students and faculty researchers. Its backbone is an interactive database that students can use to search for faculty with undergraduate research positions and where faculty and other campus researchers can list opportunities and identify themselves as committed to supervising and mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Summer College Event: The Research University and You The Office of Undergraduate Research offers one-day events in July to help incoming first-year students and transfers “make the connection” at UIC. The program includes faculty guest speakers, a research site visit, resource tutorials, and network-building experiences that activate students’ creative and academic curiosity and connect them earlier and in stronger ways to UIC as a community of learning and discovery.

Fund your work:

The Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award allows students who qualify for and have accepted Federal Work-Study as part of their current year’s financial aid package to work as research assistants for hourly pay–at no cost to faculty or departments. Faculty apply online on behalf of the student(s) they have recruited. Students are hired by the faculty member’s department just as any other Federal Work Study employee would be, and reimbursed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs at the end of the semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until FWS enrollment ends for the campus as a whole.

We also provide information about numerous funded research opportunities run out of individual UIC labs and research groups, departments, and colleges as well as sources of support for students conducting, presenting, and publishing research while studying abroad, during the summer, and between undergraduate and graduate or professional school. Check our list of upcoming deadlines and follow the O.U.R. on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Share your results:

UIC Student Research Forum  The O.U.R. and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs partner with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Center for Student Involvement, the Honors College, Career Services, the University Library and the Graduate College to plan and host the UIC Student Research Forum and Impact day. Each spring UIC students from every discipline present their research, scholarship and high-impact engagements, accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project. Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) speak one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by a keynote address and awards ceremony. For more information about submitting and abstract or serving as a faculty or alumni judge, see the Student Research Forum page.

University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day “Posters Under the Dome” Posters Under the Dome is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, and Springfield, spotlighting the discoveries and accomplishments of undergraduates who are engaged in research. It provides a venue for students to present their work in poster format at the Illinois State Capitol to Illinois representatives and others on a day dedicated specifically to undergraduate research. The event also helps members of the Illinois legislature better understand the importance of involving undergraduates in research, scholarly, and creative work.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Journal  In collaboration with the UIC Honors College, the University Library, and the Graduate College, the O.U.R. publishes an inter-disciplinary open access research journal for undergraduate work. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty serve as section editors and peer reviewers and undergraduate students learn hands-on about processes of conducting research, undergoing formal peer review, editing, revising, doing layout, copy-editing, and engaging in journal publicity.

You can explore other venues here.

Join a program on campus:

Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Bridges to Baccalaureate

  • Applicants must be full-time, second-year underrepresented minority students currently enrolled at either the City Colleges of Chicago or South Suburban College in Illinois.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents from underrepresented minority groups (Black African-Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, Native Americans, and Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands).
  • Applicants should have completed one semester of transferable chemistry and biology at the community college with a science GPA of at least 3.00. Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be made for students with special recommendations from science faculty from their respective community colleges.
  • Financial support—Students receive an hourly rate for 35 hours per week during the eight-week summer workshop/research period.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Education and Careers in Health

College of Dentistry Multi-disciplinary Oral Science Training

College of Education Engaged Research Internship 

  • Supports undergraduate COE students in conducting focused, faculty-mentored research connected to social justice.
  • Paid hourly stipend

College of Engineering Guaranteed Paid Internship Program

  • Direct acceptance into the College of Enginering and registration as a full-time beginning freshman for fall, 2017
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2 or greater for your first and second semesters.
  • Complete at least 26 UIC semester hours during your freshman year.
  • Complete Math 180 (Calculus I) and Math 181 (Calculus II) with a B or higher by the end of freshman year. Students with AP Calculus credit for Math 180 must complete at least one higher-level math course with a B or higher. Note: Pre-calculus does not fulfill this requirement.
  • Complete at least two additional program-specified 100 level Engineering courses with a B or higher. Required courses by major
  • Successfully complete our Freshman Engineering Success Program (FESP) during the academic fall 2016 semester. Register for ENGR 100.
  • Commit to return to the UIC College of Engineering for the academic year 2018-2019 (your sophomore year).
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or obtain permission to work legally in the United States by May 1, 2018.
  • Read your UIC email at least every other day and respond when requested.
  • The students placed in UIC research laboratory internships will be paid $11/hr for up to thirty-two hours/week for eight weeks. For students hired in companies or other outside organizations, we anticipate the pay range will be approximately $10-15/hr.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative

  • Enrolled as a full-time student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Completed at least 24 credit hours at UIC
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Stipend of $2,500.00 per academic year

College of Medicine Hispanic Center of Excellence (various Undegrad research programs)

  • Health field professional goals
  • Latinx undergraduates
  • Stipend amount varies for each program

College of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

  • Sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (PhD or PharmD/PhD) and must be available for the full 10 weeks of the program.
  • The program is open to all US Citizens and Permanent Residents. Undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in health-related sciences, i.e. individuals from ethnic or racial groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives); individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals with physical or mental disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Stipend of $3,000.00

Graduate College Graduate Pathways to Success

  • UIC underrepresented minority undergraduate students interested in graduate studies at UIC
  • Yearly stipend

Graduate College Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates

  • Sophomores and juniors from historically underrepresented ethnic minority groups
  • 75 (on a 5.0 scale) or  2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher grade point average are invited to apply
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Stipend of $4,000.00

Honors College Research Experience – Student Capstone Research Projects

  • Undergraduates accepted into UIC Honors College
  • Academic Credit

Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar Program

  • Students from underrepresented groups (African American, Native American, Latino) recruited from students within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • Stipend of $1,500.00 per semesters, research 8-10hrs/per week

Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science- Research Fellowship

  • Currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate student starting your second academic year in the Fall 2018 semester at UIC or a new transfer student beginning in Fall 2018
  • Self-identify as Latinx
  • Commit to enroll for 2 full academic years (four semesters) in our research program
  • Intend to major in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Neuroscience
  • Stipend of up to $5,000.00 per academic year
  • FAFSA eligible to receive stipend; participation in the research experience is NOT contingent on FAFSA status

Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement Urban Public Policy Fellowship

  • Historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • All academic areas are eligible, including those with an interest in fields such as education, urban planning, political science, sociology, urban health, communication, and law
  • Upperclassman standing (minimum 45 hours) is necessary to participate in this non-degree, non-credit program
  • Stipend of $4,000 for academic year. 10hrs/week
  • Must be eligible to provide work permit

Mellon Engaged Humanities Initiative

Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar

  • Chicago-area undergraduates
  • 2 full course credit hours

President’s Award Program STEM-Initiative

  • PAP awardees are invited to participate
  • Undergraduates intended to major in a STEM discipline

School of Public Health Health Professions Research Training and Career Development Program

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

  • Enrolled in energy or sustainability-related program at an academic institute as an (a) senior-undergraduate, (b) graduate student, (c) in a professional or certificate program

Join a program off campus:

There are also many great opportunities for students all around the country and the world. There are still openings for programs for Summer 2018, which we have listed for you here.

Follow the links provided and read everything carefully, since each program has its own requirements and expectations. The OUR strongly recommends that you work with your faculty mentors, support center mentors, academic advisors, the director of undergraduate studies in your major, the UIC Writing Center, or the O.U.R. for assistance as you make your plans and develop your statements of purpose.  Note: (This document is provided for informational purposes and should not be understood as a complete list of opportunities nor as an endorsement. UIC and UIC offices are not responsible for access to or the content found on external sources.)