View OUR's workshop calendar with all available workshops
Come join us for coffee, tea, and cookies while we discuss various topics pertaining to your current (or future) undergraduate research journey. These short (15 minutes) workshops are more casual than our standard 1-hour workshops but are still packed with information you won't want to miss. Topics include:
- A Quick Overview of How to Begin your Research Journey at Illinois
- Crafting a Successful Email to a Prospective Research Mentor
- Finding Summer Research Opportunities
Planning Your Research Journey
Welcome incoming freshman to the University of Illinois! Undergraduate research is widely recognized as one of the highest-impact experiences that a student can have during their time at university, but we know it can be intimidating. Join the Office of Undergraduate Research to address any concerns you may have about research, discuss how your interests are reflected in research around campus, and create your plan to get started!
Getting Started in Research Workshop
During this workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact.
Poster Presentation and Design Workshop
Are you presenting at a conference this year? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research, Writers Workshop, and the University Library.
Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Researchers Workshop
During this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Writers Workshop.
Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop
During this workshop, we will discuss the importance (i.e. the personal and professional benefits) of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Students will leave the workshop with (1) knowledge of the skills that can be developed through research, (2) a better understanding of how undergraduate research can benefit them both personally and in their future careers, and (3) how they can showcase this experience to future employers and professional schools.
Research to Resume Workshop
During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to successfully communicate research skills and experiences through job, graduate school, and internship application documents. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to pull marketable skills from their regular research activities and (2) practical experience marketing these skills and experiences through cover letters, resumes, and CV's.
Giving Undergraduate Research Presentations
This workshop will help you figure out what your presentation should include, share tips and strategies to engage your audience, and discuss how to present with confidence. This workshop also will address some technical components of giving presentations, both live and online. We encourage students who are preparing for the Undergraduate Research Symposium to attend, but this workshop will also be useful to any first-time research presenter. This workshop is a collaboration between the Office of Undergraduate Research, Writers Workshop, and the University Library.
Librarians Can Help You Improve Your Research Skills
Do you feel like your research skills are missing something? Wondering what will happen if you don't have access to a database? This workshop will help you refine and advance your research skills, highlight how they can transfer to Google, and will show how to consider missing voices from search strategies and look at research topics through a holistic lens.