Undergraduate Research Support Program

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Abstract Portal Opens, Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research

Abstracts may now be submitted for the Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research (World CUR), which will provide an opportunity for global dialogue across many different fields of inquiry and will offer publication and award opportunities for undergraduates. World CUR will be held at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in Germany on May 23-25, 2019. More information on the selection criteria and the abstract form may be found at the conference website.

Nominate your faculty mentor for the new Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

We hope you will consider nominating your deserving faculty mentor for this prestigious award.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018.  Nomination information and forms are at this webpage. For questions regarding the awards or award processes, please contact Dr. Sudeep Sharma (206-8275, sshar5@uis.edu) or the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PAC 525), ora@uis.edu.

Now Open: Abstract Submission for STARS 2018

Abstracts can be submitted for UIS’ annual Student Technology, Arts and Research Symposium (STARS).  To submit, visit the Call for Abstracts webpage. The early submission deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.

Please contact your faculty mentor if you plan to apply. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ursp@uis.edu.

Mark your calendar! The 2018 UIS Student Technology, Arts, & Research Symposium (STARS) is scheduled for April 5th and April 6th.     This year’s  go.uis.edu/STARS includes two keynote speakers.




Undergraduate student Miranda Mogle named “Innovator of the Year” by Innovate Springfield at the 2018 Illinois Capital Innovation Awards

Night. She invented a “Good News Now” app, which she described at STARS and the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day.

Miranda Mogle

New research internships available

Learn how to register for these internships and earn ECCE Experiential Learning credit through the Internships office (https://www.uis.edu/cas/ipl/).


UIS sent five students to Brazil this summer as part of a recent 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Award from the Coca-Cola Foundation. The grant supports the establishment of new study abroad programs between the United States and Latin America in the field of environmental science with an emphasis on water. Read more about the award here.


Congratulations to Shyleen Frost, winner of the third annual Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award.  Shyleen received

Liberati, Frost, Piotrowski, Dungey, Laubersheimer

the award from Dr. Pattie Piotrowski, during the 2017 Student Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium at UIS.  Her paper was entitled “Toxicity of E-liquid Flavors and Base Components on the AGS and A549 Cell Lines.”  Her research mentor was Dr. Teresa Liberati of SIU School of Medicine.

Abigail Norville won second place and Vanessa Pratt won third place.


Eleven UIS Students Presented at the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Group photo of UIS NCUR delegation
UIS NCUR 2017 Delegation


UIS sent its largest contingent of students to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.  Students were selected to submit abstracts from UIS in a competitive process by the Undergraduate Research Steering Committee. All eleven students were accepted by the national conference committee.  The students represent multiple programs and colleges.  Turner Clark (BMA), Gabriel Broughton (BBA), Ebony Forslund (PSY), Shyleen Frost (BIO), Eli Hahn (PSY), Marquiera Harris (BSW), Elizabeth Karras (SOA), Allie McIntire (PSY), Amanda Monke (ENG), Nhan Khanh Le (BBA), Alex Skarr (SOA and PSC). 

The 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research is a program of the Council on Undergraduate Research and will take place at the University of Memphis April 6-8, 2017.  Around 4,000 students from around the country presented

their research and creative activities.  UIS is an institutional member of CUR.  The students were accompanied by Dr. Tiffany Saunders, professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, and Dr. Keenan Dungey, director of the Undergraduate Research Support Program, which sponsored the students’ travel.


The Research Society is a student organization that supports the research, scholarly, and creative activities of UIS students. The organization is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and they are currently welcoming new members from all disciplines. Check out the latest news and events on Facebook and UIS Connection. UIS students can join the organization through UIS Connection.


Undergraduate Research Support Program Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report


Download our brochure (pdf) to learn more about the Undergraduate Research Support Program.


Student Focus

Atchie-Student Focus

Mackenzie Atchie, a recent Psychology graduate, conducted her own independent research project under the mentorship of Dr. Frances Shen.  Her project was entitled “The Effects of Masculine and Feminine Physical Traits on Perceptions of Homosexual and Heterosexual Domestic Violence.”  With the support of the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program and the CLAS Student-Faculty Creative Activities award, Mackenzie was able to complete her study and present her findings at the 2016 UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS), 2016 Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, and 2016 Association for Psychological Sciences annual convention in Chicago.  Mackenzie is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology MA program at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Image of Michael Lotspeich

Michael Lotspeich, a recent Sociology/Anthropology graduate, is currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Sociology at Baylor Univeristy. During his time at UIS, he worked with Dr. Shoon Lio to produce a socio-spatial analysis of University of Illinois enrollment trend data, a meta-analysis of themes in local education agency (LEA) reorganization research, and measure community conflict in building bond support for a rural LEA.  With the support of the Undergraduate Student Research Grant program, he presented this research at UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS), COPLAC Southeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Rural Sociological Society annual meetings.