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2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowshp – Abroad

2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – Abroad

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) sponsors a competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for undergraduate students at UIUC who will be conducting research abroad. This initiative provides students with funds designed to subsidize travel and housing costs associated with the research.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be current UIUC undergraduate students at the time the research will be conducted, and be in good academic standing. GPA will be considered during the selection process.
  • Funding is provided for students who are either pursuing their own research projects or working on a faculty-led project.
  • The research must be conducted at a location outside of the United States and in conjunction with a university or research institute in that location.

 Additional Requirements:

  • A letter of support must be provided by the supervising UIUC faculty member. The letter need not be long, but should contain the following elements:
    • The title of the project and a brief description of the activities the student will engage in, the projected length of the project effort (i.e., 4 weeks, 5-6 weeks, etc), and the hoped-for outcomes.
    • The name of the co-supervising individual(s) at the host institution, title(s), core expertise, and the current state of the collaboration (e.g., new, growing as of the last year, long-standing with several personnel exchanged, etc.)   The idea of this description is simply to ensure that the applicant will enter a hospitable academic environment that is conducive to the proposed research, and wherein both the UIUC supervisor and the host co-supervisor have truly connected.
    • An explicit statement that the host co-supervisor has agreed to supervise the student on this particular.
  • If students use of the fruits of their work result in a presentation at a conference or campus event, there must be an acknowledgement of OUR for its support on the poster or in the paper.
  • Students must indicate any other sources of funds either applied for or received, including department support or support from the UIUC supervisor or host co-supervisor. Failure to disclose additional support from another source will result in a denial of the request or the revocation of the award.
  • Students who receive awards must enroll in an appropriate UIUC course. Many departments, schools and colleges offer courses with the title “Undergraduate Research Abroad.” If such an option is available, students should enroll in that course for the credit hours agreed upon between the student and the supervising UIUC faculty member. If such a course is not available, the student should consult with the advisor about which UIUC course number to use.

 Funding Restrictions:

  • Funding will normally be given directly to the student as a lump sum. Alternatively, arrangements can be made for the Undergraduate Research Office to reimburse expenses for travel.


Students are encouraged to consult their college or department advisors and individual faculty members for information about research abroad opportunities. OUR does not maintain a list of such opportunities.



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Urbana, IL 61801

Office phone: (217) 300-5453 


Undergraduate Conference Travel Grant – Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting proposals for the Spring/Summer 2016 Conference Travel Grant. This competition is now open for undergraduate students at UIUC that have been accepted for presentation at a conference during the spring, summer, or early fall of 2016. 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. To apply, students will need to provide conference dates and location, evidence that conference participation has been confirmed, estimated expenses, and possible support from mentors and departments.

Deadline for submitting a proposal is February 22, 2016. Submit your applications to
Any questions may be addressed to our office at




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807 S. Wright Street, M/C 317

Urbana, IL 61801

Office phone: (217) 300-5453 

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program now accepting applications

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (Pilot; Spring 2016)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College are partnering to offer an opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students to gain undergraduate research experience while working under the direct supervision of advanced graduate students. Beginning this Spring 2016, we will provide paid apprenticeships to ten selected undergraduate students.  Undergraduate apprentices will have an opportunity to conduct and learn the research process through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine and applied arts are particularly encouraged to apply; however, we will accept applications from students in all disciplines. Please see the blog on OUR’s webpage – – for more information and to apply. Deadline for application is Friday, November 20, 2015.


Questions may be addressed to:; please put “URAP” in the subject line.


Office of Undergraduate Research

Fifth Floor Illini Union Bookstore

807 S. Wright Street, M/C 317

Champaign, IL 61820

Office phone: (217) 300-5453

Undergraduate Research Travel Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research’s (OUR) Fall 2015 conference travel grant competition is now open for students whose presentations have been accepted for a conference during Fall 2015 and early Spring 2016. The deadline for submittal of applications is October 5, 2015, and applications are available through the portal on our website’s ( Students/Funding page. Any questions may be addressed to our office at We also invite you and your students to subscribe to our blog, to keep up to date on announcements and news from OUR.






Dr. Karen Rodriguez’G, Interim Director

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807 S. Wright Street, M/C 317

Urbana, IL 61801

Office phone: (217) 300-5453 

Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Grant Competition

New conference travel grant competition now open for students accepted for presentation at a conference during the summer or early fall 2015. This is the last conference travel grant competition for academic year 2014/2015. 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. Deadline for submittal of applications is May 1, 2015; decisions will be made shortly thereafter. Questions may be addressed to: Application available at:



The Image of Research – UR Edition 2015

The Image of Research – UR Edition 2015 is now taking submissions. The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research.
Entries must be submitted through completing this form:, and the deadline for submissions is 12pm CST Sunday, April 5 2015. For more information, please see the website at: Please address any questions
Paul F. Diehl, Director
Karen Rodriguez’G, Associate Director


REU Panel: Tuesday, February 17, 5PM

Women in Science would like to ask if you would let your undergraduate students know that we’re hosting a panel (open to everyone) about the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program on Tuesday at 5PM in Lincoln Hall 1002. REU offers paid research opportunities to undergraduates for ten weeks during the summer. We’ll have former REU participants as well as a faculty representative from an REU here on campus. We’ll also be offering support over the next few weeks for students who are interested in applying, so they’re also welcome to contact us at if they’d be interested in updates about further REU events.
All the best,
Halie Rando
Graduate Fellow, Department of Animal Sciences
President, Women in Science (UIUC Chapter)

New Bioimaging REU – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Please share the announcement below with students who may have an interest in doing summer research with bioengineering faculty from across our campus.


Thank you and have a great day!


– Kerri Green



The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces Discoveries in Bioimaging, a new summer research opportunity for undergraduates.

Illinois’ REU is part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program supported by the National Science Foundation, and it offers students the opportunity to spend 10 weeks on the Urbana-Champaign campus, May 26-July 31, 2015. Participating students will be immersed in training and research and mentored by bioengineering faculty with bioimaging expertise.

Please help promote this exceptional, competitive opportunity to students by sharing this announcement with advisors, faculty and undergraduate students.

For any information regarding this REU, please contact Marina Marjanovic, program coordinator, at

Thank you.

Stephen Boppart and Andrew Smith
Faculty and co-principal investigators
Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



CONTACT: Marina Marajanovic,


Rose-Hulman Annual Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Hi Mathematics and Statistics colleagues!
The Rose-Hulman Mathematics Department is excited to announce that the registration for the 2015 Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on April 24-25, 2015 is now open. This will be Rose-Hulman’s 32nd consecutive year hosting this conference!
As in past years, the primary vision for the conference is to provide a venue for highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments and work of undergraduate students in mathematics and statistics. Last year, the conference attracted more than 125 students and faculty, with 25 students presenting their work. This year’s conference theme is Statistics: From Big Data to Big Decisions, and we will be showcasing the field of statistics and its career opportunities. As plenary speakers, we have chosen two individuals who use statistics in their daily work. The first speaker, Nick Lockwood, is Senior Director of Brand Marketing Analytics at Catalina Marketing, a personalized digital media company with the largest shopper purchase history database in the world. The second speaker, Amanda Cox, is a graphics editor at the New York Times, where she makes charts and maps for the paper and its web site.
The student talks are the focal point of this conference, and we encourage you to seek out those students at your school who’d be enthusiastic about presenting their work. There is no registration fee for students at this year’s conference, and we will be able to offer discounts on hotel arrangements.  We’ve been working with publishers to be able to provide current and classic texts in mathematics and statistics to award to student speakers. Also, this year we are sponsoring the 2015 Distinguished Paper Award, which will be presented to a student presenting a paper which, in the minds of the award selection committee, is an exceptional example of undergraduate work in a mathematical discipline. The recipient of the award will receive a $100 cash prize in addition to a certificate.
All of this information with more details is available at the conference website: Faculty and students can register at the website, and the site has important key dates about registration and paper submission. The deadline for submitting a paper for the Distinguished Paper Award is March 16, and the deadline to submit a talk is April 2.
We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces along with some new ones at this year’s conference.  We hope that our Terre Haute neighbors at Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, as well as local high school students and teachers, will be able to join us this year. We are delighted to have our friends up north from Purdue attending, and we’d really like to have other schools in Indiana and surrounding states join us!  We certainly welcome your questions about the conference if you can’t find the information that you need at the website – please email either one of us!
Thank you in advance for sharing this email with your students and encouraging them to give talks!
Dr. Diane Evans (
2015 Conference Co-organizer
Dr. Eric Reyes (
2015 Conference Co-organizer
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Mathematics Department
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803