Research is an enhancement to your education and the College acknowledges your hard work.
Participating in research will usually earn you credit for your work. Course credit can be 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).
“It was really interesting to see first-hand how a research group was managed by the professor. Also, the weekly discussions about various topics in the field often prompted me to learn more about them. My graduate mentor was extremely helpful, not only with regards to research, but also with my career plans.”
– Sameer, Computer Engineering
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.