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Student Research

Research at the Intersection Where Tech Meets Humanity

At Lewis College of Science and Letters, our students do big things:

  • Whether it is their first day as an undergraduate, or they’re putting the finishing touches on a Ph.D. thesis, students at Lewis College utilize the latest technologies to hone valuable skills as they address human-centered problems. Opportunities—which include a Research Experience for Undergraduates experience grant from the National Science Foundation, a summer stipend, an assistantship in a faculty research lab, internships, a capstone project, and much more—ensure that Lewis College students are working at the leading edge of research where technology meets humanity.
  • Recognizing the link between theory and practice, our undergraduate students are well-equipped to further their education in graduate school or to join the workforce upon earning their degrees. With the opportunity to attend conferences to present their own unique research while earning research publication credits and to work as collaborators on faculty-led projects, our graduate students are well-positioned to enter the academic job market.
  • Visit the research pages of each of our departments to learn more about student research in Lewis College.

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.

Questions about summer research opportunities? Email or call 312.567.3849.

  • At Lewis College, we believe that engaging undergraduates in research will enrich their experience at Illinois Tech by allowing them to explore their interests, solve problems, advance their knowledge, and prepare for the next step—whether that’s graduate school, medical school, or the workplace.
  • Each summer selected students in biology, chemistry, and physics are offered a $5,000 stipend to spend 10 weeks in a lab to conduct research with an Illinois Tech faculty member. Undergraduates often find themselves working side-by-side with graduate and postdoctoral students in the lab.
  • Summer research helps undergraduates to discover a purpose for their disciplinary knowledge and capabilities, and to better envision a fulfilling professional or academic career.

Learn more about student research at Illinois Tech, including research opportunities available for all students across the university.


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