Undergraduate Blog

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August 30, 2017

The Office of Undergraduate Research has announced its Fall 2017 calendar for the Getting Started in Research Workshop.

During this workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact.

For workshop dates, registration, and additional details please visit:


August 30, 2017

Please see the following message from the Office of Undergraduate Research:
Beginning Thursday, August 31, the Office of Undergraduate Research will hold drop-in hours from 1-4pm. Here staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research will be available to answer student questions regarding services offered by the office (i.e. workshops, student grants, symposium presentations, etc), as well as general questions about getting started with research opportunities on campus. Details can be found at: go.illinois.edu/OUR_DIH

Students should check in at the reception desk on the 5th floor of the Illini Union Bookstore Building, 807 S. Wright Street (offices of Campus Advising). All other appointments will be by reservation only; contact ugresearch@illinois.edu.

We also invite students and academic advisors to subscribe to our blog to keep current with all OUR announcements, including current conference travel grant and fellowship competitions: https://illinois.edu/blog/publicSubscribe?blogId=6204.

August 30, 2017

Please see the following dates for info sessions for Geography & GIS this fall. Students may be interested in a) double majoring, b) minoring, or c) pursuing their new Certificate in Geographic Information Science. All are welcome!

Info sessions will be held in 2049 NHB (south side of the building) on these dates:

Tuesday, September 5, 3:30pm
Tuesday, September 19, 1pm
Thursday, October 5, 3pm
Friday, October 13, 9am
Monday, October 30, 12pm


August 28, 2017

1025 Beckman Institute, UIUC
September 12, 2017
11 AM- 5 PM

Interact with leading scientists and heads of various institutes from India and USA to explore collaboration and career opportunities. Attending dignitaries include directors of two IITs, four Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awardees and other leading scientists. Some notable names are:

Prof. A. K. Chaturvedi (Director, IIT Roorkee, India)
Prof. C. V. R. Murthy (Director, IIT Jodhpur, India)
Dr. Shahid Jameel (CEO, Wellcome Trust-DBT, India)
Prof. Rohit Bhargava (Director, Cancer Center at Illinois, USA)
Prof. Aseem Ansari (Prof. of Biochemistry at UW Madison; Director, Khurana Scholars)
Prof. L. S. Shashidhara (Chair of Biology, IISER Pune, India)
Dr. Sharmila Mande (Director, TCS Biosciences, India)
Prof. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath (Professor, Center for Neuroscience, IISc, India)
Dr. Meenakshi Munshi (Joint Director, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)
Prof. S. Ramaswamy (Prof., Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, India)

Please register for the event at aayushglobal.org. Registration is free, but mandatory. Lunch will be included with the registration. Limited seats only.

If you want to present your posters in the symposium, please send your abstracts to global.aayush@gmail.com.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.



August 28, 2017

Attached please find the Fall 2017 CEE REU Program Call for Proposals.

In summary (for 2017):

Up to 2 REU student-semesters of support per faculty member in a calendar year 10 hrs/week for 12 weeks in Fall 2017 (9/11/17 – 12/8/17, with a week off for Thanksgiving) $1,500 per semester paid to an REU student;  $500/student of discretionary funds to the faculty advisor Application deadline (the form & student’s CV must be submitted by a faculty advisor):  9/6/17 (by 5p), via e-mail to jlafave@illinois.edu

Please let us know if you have any questions!