Featured Student Research

Illinois Tech provides a distinctively rich environment where students can conduct research. Students come to our university to learn from world-renowned faculty who are pursuing cutting-edge work in important tech-driven fields. At Illinois Tech they find a supportive community where research is valued as a vital part of the academic experience.

The result: our students are thriving in the field, the lab, and in the community, applying the outcomes of their research to improve the world around them. 

Student Research at Illinois Tech

Armour R&D Project Aims to Reduce Energy Use to Heat Alumni Hall

Keeping students and faculty toasty in some of the older buildings on Illinois Tech’s Mies Campus can prove tricky during bitter Midwestern winters, but a group of engineering students is hoping to improve heating efficiency, all while getting research experience.

Prestigious NSF Program Provides Student a Crash Course in Research

“I really wanted to do research. As a data science co-terminal student, I’ve worked with big data before, but I had never done my own research. I saw this as a good opportunity to get that experience.”

Illinois Tech Students Seek to Improve Chicago’s Ailing and Underutilized Pedway

In looking at ways to improve the Chicago Pedway, the city’s underground walkway that has often been underutilized, Illinois Tech students aimed to identify novel ways in which small-scale infrastructure can improve public spaces.

Illinois Tech Student Aims to Use Grant from Coca-Cola to Spark Children’s Excitement in Science

“There are a lot of kids who want to be singers and actors because they see singers and actors on television and want to be as awesome as they are. Why can’t we do the same thing for engineers and scientists?”

Summer Stipends Send Illinois Tech Undergrads to the Lab

“We’re so fortunate to have a school that’s research-forward. I’m learning a lot from the other graduate students in the lab. I was totally lost at the beginning and had no idea about most of the scientific content they were talking about. But I picked it up pretty fast, and I’m starting to understand more each day.”

IPRO—Algae Eaters 350x260

Biology Associate Professor Nick Menhart and Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Abhinav Bhushan are working with students in Illinois Tech’s Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program to modify algae to eat plastic waste.   


RES-MATCH Student Research 350x260

The Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering welcomed students, faculty, and staff from across the university to participate in its initial RES-MATCH event, which facilitates the matching of undergraduate students interested in research with the research needs of faculty members.

A research student builds a solar fuel cell at Armour

Engage in Powerful Research

Illinois Tech students can take part in a broad range of research projects at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

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