Undergraduate Student Research
Research at Illinois affects the world. The LED. Electronic tattoos. A supercomputer. And as an undergraduate, you can be a part of this kind of discovery. You can start researching as early as your first year. Your work, with faculty who are leaders in their fields, will help answer society’s toughest questions. Build valuable skills, work alongside engineering leaders, and change the world even before you graduate. That’s what we do at Illinois.
Explore Research Opportunities
How to Get Involved
From contacting professors to preparing for the Engineering Research Fair, we're here to help you find the right opportunity to pursue your interest in research projects as an undergraduate student.
College programs provide unparalleled, hands-on opportunities to work with thought leaders on finding solutions to the world's pressing problems. These programs offer support and resources for you to be successful in your research endeavors.
There is a large network of research internship opportunities, both on- and off-campus. Learn from professionals in academics or industry about the specific research you're interested in.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Participate in research and work with faculty and researchers on ongoing research projects from different universities, institutions, and agencies nationwide.
Earn Credit for Your Work
Conducting research as an undergraduate can count toward your requirements for graduation. Of course, that's in addition to the extremely valuable experience of working in a lab alongside the very best in the world.
Making it Affordable
Even as an undergraduate student, there is money available for you to participate in research. In many cases, there are even opportunities for you to travel to other parts of the world to do your work.
“When I started off my college career, I knew I wanted to try research but wasn’t sure what I could do with my mechanical engineering degree. By taking a chance and applying to on-campus programs, trying out research under different labs, and staying dedicated to my interests, I found a path I’m excited to continue with in the future.”
Anna Alvarez, Mechanical Science & Engineering
of our undergraduates participate in groundbreaking research
interdisciplinary research projects ongoing every semester
laboratories, research centers, and institutes across campus