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. Past and current schedules can be found on this website. 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.

Keenan Dungey, Director
Undergraduate Research Support Program
University of Illinois Springfield

Phone: (217) 206-7345
Email: ursp@uis.edu