About IURA:

Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURAs) are a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

IURAs help to promote undergraduate research at the U of I and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the U of I’s diverse array of disciplines. As representatives of OUR, IURAs will be responsible for promoting undergraduate research to peers by holding informational workshops on undergraduate research, serving as a liaison between OUR and academic departments, and being knowledgeable about the resources that the U of I offers its undergraduate students interested in research and creative inquiry.

Kaitlyn Ho


Major: Mathematics / Minor: Secondary Education

Mathematics Education

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Erica Joo


Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors / Minor: Journalism

Molecular mechanisms of meiotic checkpoint pathways in mammals

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Pranav Kalinadhabhotla


Major: Engineering Physics / Minor: Computer Science

Drone To Drone Quantum Key Distribution

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Mit Kotak


Major: Engineering Physics / Minor: Statistics & Computational Science and Engineering

Scientific Simulation using Supercomputers and Machine Learning Applications to Student Success Data

Mit will hold meetings in the Spring

Megi Mecolli


Major: English / Minors: Political Science, Classics & Anthropology

Creative Writing and its Intersections with Real-World Industries and Movements

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Anna Tsyrulnikov


Majors: Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology

Behavioral effects of repeated exposure to psychoactive drugs

Schedule a Zoom meeting with Anna