Research is an enhancement to your education and you can earn credit from the College as an acknowledgement of your hard work. Researching as an undergrad can earn you more than experience, which is extremely valuable on it’s own. Often you’ll receive course credit as well, applied as a free or technical elective for research.
Courses described as Independent or Individual Study in your major can be used as a technical elective. You must sign up with a faculty sponsor/mentor as the instructor of record and each professor has a respective course reference number (CRN).
Undergraduate Research Certificate Program
The Certificate in Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). This certificate has been established to create a framework by which the university recognizes student achievement in undergraduate research.
Although research for undergraduates can take many forms and sometimes be given for academic credit, this certificate program is meant to highlight those students who make research central to their academic experiences at the University of Illinois.
By participating in this program, you will earn an added credential that you can present to employers and graduate schools. Completion of the certificate will not appear on the your transcripts, but you can add it to your resumes. OUR will provide you with a printed document signifying completion of the certificate requirements.