Purdue University Survey

From the researchers:

In February of this year, NAE published a study entitled “Engineering Technology in the United States.” This document made several recommendations regarding further study with the intent of developing an understanding of students, their characteristics, academic progression beginning in grade school, and furthering our understanding of why different groups graduate at higher rates than others and issues encountered in the workplace.

We represent a subset of individuals interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education. The purpose of our committee is to further study the students and graduates from STEAM programs. Later we intend to perform follow up interviews to gain in depth understanding of those volunteering through this survey.

Please take a few minutes to provide us with important information to further our understanding of STEAM students. There is no identifying information collected (unless you volunteer for an interview at a later date), we do collect demographics only to study differences in responses based on gender, age, experiences.

The survey can be found at


(if you have graduated with a bachelor’s degree)



(if you are still working on your undergraduate degree).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our researchers:

Anne Lucietto, Ph.D.                                                  Elaine Cooney, Ph.D.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute                                        IUPUI

lucietto@purdue.edu                                                   eccooney@iupui.edu


Thank you for completing the survey and your support.

Fulbright Workshops

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop
Friday April 20th, 3:30-5:00 pm
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program and the Writers Workshop

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,000 full scholarships annually to students for a year of study, research or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide.  If you are a junior, senior, or recent alumni, and you are looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2019, then it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship! The National and International Scholarships Program provides in-depth workshops on each application component to answer questions you have, show you samples of successful applications, and provide helpful suggestions to improve the effectiveness of your writing. On April 20th, we will discuss the key components Fulbright reviewers are looking for in the personal statement. The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and recent alumni who wish to apply for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 25, 2018.

Webinars for those off campus:
Wednesday, April 25
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad
8:30-9:30 am CST

Thursday, April 26
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad
12:00-1:00 pm CST

Additional Workshops in April:
Friday, April 27
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Workshop
2:00-3:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Fulbright ETA application includes a one-page essay on your case for Why the Fulbright program should fund You to Teach English to students in ____________ (insert your host country).  We will discuss how to approach this essay and more during this workshop.

Friday, April 27
Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop
3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright research grant, join us for this workshop to learn how to craft this important two-page grant request, how to secure a letter of affiliation, and how to select your reference letter writers.

The US Student Fulbright website is:  https://us.fulbrightonline.org
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.

How to Be More Productive

CNBC quotes our own Alejandro Lleras in a blog post on boosting productivity. Good advice!

According to a study in the journal Cognition, even brief diversions can dramatically      improve a person’s ability to focus on a task for prolonged periods of time.

‘From a practical standpoint, our research suggests that, when faced with long
tasks (such as studying before a final exam or doing your taxes), it is best to impose brief breaks on yourself. Brief mental breaks will actually help you stay focused on your task.’

Proposal Writing Workshop

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop

The Office of Undergraduate Research has partnered with The Writing Center to offer an exciting new workshop for undergraduate students. In this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.

Each workshop is limited to the first 30 applicants. For more information and for details on how to register please visit:


PSYC 290 Research Fair – Today!

Psychology Research (PSYC 290) Poster/Recruiting Fair

Tuesday, Jan. 23
4-5 pm
Atrium (first floor center section, Psychology Building)

Here are the labs who said they will be at the fair on Tuesday.  If you can’t make the event, feel free to contact the labs for more information about how to apply.

Informal informational event.  No resumes needed at event.

“How do I get involved in research?”

Attention and Perception

*Vision Lab – Alejandro Lleras and Simona Buetti Lleras –

*Virtual Reality Lab – France Wang – http://publish.illinois.edu/franceswang/



*The Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) lab –           Heidemarie Laurent – http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/PRISMlab/



*The Language Acquisition Lab – Cindy Fisher – http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/lalab/



*The Culture and Social Behavior Lab – Dov Cohen

*Social Action Lab – Dolores Albarracin – https://www.socialactionlab.org/



Grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research

Research Support Grant (RSG)

This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

For details and eligibility requirements please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.

For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

The deadline for applications is February 21, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Questions may be addressed to ugresearch@illinois.edu