About Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are the hallmark of a complete liberal arts education. By engaging in a project of original scholarship, students apply classroom knowledge to real world situations. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills, the skills necessary to be engaged citizens and for successful careers in the 21st century. At UIS, faculty work closely with students on these projects, fulfilling the promise of “faculty who know you.” Students and faculty at UIS are collaborating on projects of discovery, creativity, and application, increasing human knowledge and promoting learning.

The University of Illinois Springfield supports undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities through a number of programs. Some of these programs are in individual departments, others are sponsored by college deans. Student Affairs and Academic Affairs have programs open to any student on campus. This website provides information about all of these programs, as well as resources on how to do undergraduate research.

The culmination of a successful student project is a professional presentation, reading, showing, or performance. The annual Student Technology Arts and Research Symposium (STARS) showcases the products of our student’s research, scholarly and creative works. The Undergraduate Research Steering Committee is here to help coordinate campus programs to promote undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities for all students at UIS. Please contact us with questions and suggestions.

Undergraduate Research Support Program

Vision statement

Be a community in which all UIS students and faculty critically engage the world

through research, scholarly, and creative activities.

Mission statement

The URSP provides leadership to empower undergraduate research, scholarly,

and creative activities through faculty and student collaborations.

Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities (URSCA) are recognized nationwide as high impact experiential learning activities critical for developing leadership.  At UIS, undergraduate research is broadly defined to include all scholarly and creative activities undertaken by an undergraduate student in collaboration with a faculty mentor that include: 1) use of disciplinary or interdisciplinary methodology, 2) identification of an original investigative goal in an area of discovery, integration, application, or teaching, 3) carrying out an independent or small group project outside of class, and 4) dissemination of the results to peers.