A celebration of student innovation and excellence at Illinois

Advancing the University of Illinois educational mission to foster a ‘culture of discovery’ and its commitment to innovative research and scholarship with global impact, Undergraduate Research Week (URW) showcases the best of undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Illinois. Campus events include workshops on getting started in research, special exhibits, and colloquia sponsored by individual departments, programs, and units, highlighting the best of our students’ work. The Undergraduate Research Symposium, a day-long signature event, brings together hundreds of students from all academic disciplines to share their research through oral panels, poster presentations, and performances. These students and their projects take on the important issues and questions of our time, and hold the potential to change the world for the better. We invite you to come be inspired!

For Units, Programs, and Departments:
Why include your event in the URW? Play a role in contributing to the campus-wide showcase of undergraduate scholarship and innovation and show your units commitment to supporting undergraduate research. URW events are promoted by OUR and will be included in a digital and printed program that is widely distributed to current and future students as well as faculty and staff on campus.

If your unit would like to schedule an event to be featured in the 2025 URW, please submit an application here.
Please note: Students interested in presenting at the URS should NOT apply using this form. Instead, students should use the "Apply to Present" link in the left navigation menu. This link will appear in November.

For Students:
The annual Undergraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students to showcase and celebrate their research through performances, exhibits, and oral and poster presentations. All undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Symposium.

For more information, please view the Symposium page.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

We are now accepting sponsorships for the 2025 Undergraduate Research Week. Interested parties can learn more here.