Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduates at Illinois Computer Science are an important part of our world-renowned research. From summer programs to paid research positions with faculty, there are multiple ways for our students to contribute to high impact research early in their careers.

Year Long Research Opportunities

  • CS Student Ambassador/Research Scholars (CS STARS) - A CS department program designed for University of Illinois undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research while also serving as departmental leaders and community builders. More details are available on the program's site.
  • Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program - A college of engineering wide program. ISUR includes multiple components, from a research focused seminar to a number of paid undergraduate research programs. ISUR programs follow an apprenticeship model, where students work closely with faculty mentors. More details are available on the ISUR page. Some distinct programs supported by ISUR include:
    • Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars - An ISUR affiliated program to support women undergraduates in research and teaching in science, mathematics, and engineering. Eight scholars are selected and funded each year. Details and application dates are available here.
    • C3SR-Undergraduate Research in Artificial Intelligence - An IBM-ILLINOIS and ISUR partnership which funds undergraduate research on AI and cognitive computing, from theory to practical application. Students additionally worked with a C3SR faculty mentor. Details are available on the program's site.
  • The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) SPIN program - SPIN is an academic year long internship program where Illinois undergraduate students get to participate in high-impact work in the fields of supercomputing, visualization, data analytics, and other similar fields. Pay covers 5 hours a week toward exciting research opportunities! Details are available on the SPIN portal.

Semester Long Research Opportunities

  • CS Job Portal - Our department's employment opportunities don't stop at course assistant positions! Browse our faculty's undergraduate research job postings today on the department's job portal!
  • PURE - Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering is a semester long , student-run research program where freshmen and sophomore students are connected with graduate student mentors to get an early jump-start in their research career.  PURE maintains their application details here.

Summer Research Opportunities

  • DaRin Butz Research Scholars - An ISUR affliated program which offers undergraduate women funding for a 10 week summer research program. The program uses a learning-by-apprenticeship model for high impact work in computer science, aerospace, engineering, physics, or astronomy. Details are available on the program's site.
  • The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) INCLUSION program - INCLUSION is a 10 week program for applicants from underrepresented communities to work in pairs with mentors on research aimed towards social impact. All work is based around open source software development. More details and applications are available on their portal
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - The Summer REU is a 10 week program where applicants work on high impact research with university faculty while also attending professional development programming aimed at helping students become stronger researchers and strong candidates for graduate school. More details for the program may be found on the Summer REU page.

Mentorship Opportunities

  • Mentoring Undergraduates in Science and Engineering (MUSE) Program - A mentoring program for the Grainger College of Engineering. Undergraduates may apply to be mentored for a range of reasons, such as career development or research and thesis guidance. Details for MUSE are available on the MUSE portal.

Showcase Opportunities

  • Engineering Research Fair - A research fair hosted by the College of Engineering every semester. The goal of this fair is for researchers to share their work, labs and companies to recruit researchers, and continue to inspire future generations of excellent research at Illinois! Fair dates and sign ups are available here.
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium - A campus wide research symposium for undergraduate researchers to present the results of their research endeavors and gain valuable experience presenting work to a wide audience. Typically held in the late Spring. More details and sign ups are available here.

Computer Science Undergraduate Research Events

Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 1, 2022

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Grainger Engineering Seminars and Speakers

Dec 1, 2021 - Dec 1, 2022

DLS: Anthony Rowe, Weaving the Next Web with Spatial Computing

DLS: Anthony Rowe, "Weaving the Next Web with Spatial Computing"


No Physics Colloquium
Prelim Examination: Andrew Conrad

Prelim Examination: Andrew Conrad

Prelim Examination: Andrew Conrad, December 2, 2021 @ 10:00 AM, Online, Exam Topic: Drone-based Quantum Position Verification (QPV)

Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Seminar:  The Callan Rubakov Effect and Higher Charge Monopoles
Prelim Examination: Dufei Wu

Prelim Examination: Dufei Wu

Prelim Examination: Dufei Wu, December 2, 2021 @ 1:30 PM, Online, Exam Topic: High-speed Photodiode and Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser for Optical Communication over Extended Reach