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Undergraduate Research

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Research is the hands-on process of discovering new knowledge and creating new interpretations of the world around us. For undergraduates at SIUC, it means working one-on-one with faculty and graduate students in laboratories, studios, and libraries, on campus and in the field. A listing of the various programs can be found through the REACH (Research-Enriched Academic Challenge) office.

University Honors Program

Research Rookies

Undergraduate Research Funding

McNair Scholarship


Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Through the Undergraduate Assistantship program, our faculty and students have worked together on many projects.  

  • Climate Visualization Project, Justin Hassler, undergraduate research assistant and Dr. Justin Schoof, Advisor. Justin created animations of major climate variables for instructional use.  They have been used in Dr. Schoof's classes ever since!
  • Ellen Esling and Dr. Leslie Duram, "Greening the High School: An Assessment of Environmental and Geographical Knowledge and Perspectives."  The aim of this research was to investigate Illinois State Board of Education standards for Geography and Environmental Sustainability courses in secondary level education. Upon completion of her research, Ellen produced a poster for our annual Student Research Showcase.