Computer science undergraduates at Illinois Tech get the opportunity to work on major research right from the start. You might participate in a professor’s research lab or work at a company on campus in University Technology Park. The university’s Elevate program consists of summer courses that allow all undergraduates to experience research early in their careers at Illinois Tech—starting the summer after your first year, or the summer before your first year for transfer students. We also offer $5,000 Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends to select students.
Summer Research Opportunities
Summer research opportunities allow you to work alongside faculty and graduate students on fascinating projects. For some students, conducting research early in their academic career is an important step in determining whether to pursue graduate school or a career in either academia or industry. Research experience can also help students decide whether their specific academic course is right for them.
Illinois Tech offers four- and eight-week summer research opportunities in engineering, science, and business. As a current Illinois Tech student, you do not need to fill out the formal application. However, we recommend that students inquire about research opportunities by March 29, 2020, to be considered for the research opportunity you're interested in. Instead, email the faculty member that is associated with each research opportunity directly to inquire about participating in the course. Be sure to indicate your interest in the project and highlight relevant experience when you contact the faculty member. Also, make sure to verify with your academic adviser that the research opportunity you would like to pursue fits into your degree plan. If admitted to the research opportunity, the faculty member will provide you with instructions for registering.