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Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Program

Follow this link to apply: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9932981

ISUR Informational Session Power Point Presentation: Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research Information Session.pptx

Find the file to upload your tentative fall 2014 and spring 2015 class schedule: Schedule for Fall and Spring.xlsx


The deadline for undergraduate application for the 2014-2015 ISUR program is Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

You will be notified no later than April 7, 2014 of your acceptance into the program.

You must let the ISUR Coordinator know no later than April 14, 2014 if you accept the offer.


The College of Engineering Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research program (ISUR) creates research opportunities for a select group of engineering students. Through this program, undergraduate scholars are offered a unique opportunity to expand their academic experience beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. Over the years, ISUR has evolved from an undergraduate research opportunity to a year-long experience with a research learning community. The goals of this learning community are to

  • Introduce students to university research,
  • Involve students in the College of Engineering and research community, particularly through the learning-by-apprenticeship model; and
  • Expose students to semiconductor, information-technology, and other research.

As part of the Undergraduate Research learning community, new undergraduate students in the program will enroll in a semester-long Research Apprenticeship class (ENG 199 UGR) in addition to time spent on research.

The objectives of the class are to:

  • Introduce research concepts through illustrations drawn from engineering problems;
  • Teach students how to communicate the objectives, significance, methodologies and progress of their research;
  • Build community, leadership and teamwork skills with other undergraduate scholars, faculty, and graduate mentors.

To introduce students to research, small groups of students work closely with graduate mentors and sponsoring faculty in research projects. Through hands-on instruction and collaboration, students become familiar with research methodologies and begin to master them. The development of communication skills will culminate in a research presentation in the spring semester.

Students applying to the program must be in their freshman, sophomore or junior year. (Seniors are eligible only if they previously participated in the program). Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have a minimum cumulative Illinois GPA of 2.8/4.0.  Students from the following departments in the College of Engineering will be given priority due to corporate funding: Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE], Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering [ChBE], Materials Science and Engineering [MatSE], Mechanical Science and Engineering [MechSE], Physics, and Computer Science [CS]. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Graduate students participate in the program as a Graduate Research Mentor to the undergraduate researcher(s). Graduate students interested in being a research mentor should encourage their faculty advisor to participate in the program. Interested graduate students may also recruit eligible undergraduates to the program.

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