Three undergraduates examine droplets of plastic eating algae in a lab.

Student Research

It is expected that graduate students conduct research in order to earn their degrees, but at Illinois Tech’s College of Science undergraduate students have plenty of opportunities to conduct research as well. Whether it's through a summer stipend, a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation, or internships, undergraduates can find themselves on the cutting edge of research.


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.





Questions about summer research opportunities? Email or call 312.567.3849.


Undergraduate Summer Research Stipends

The College of Science believes 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 graduate school, medical school, or the workplace.

Each summer, selected students 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.

For more information, contact Xiaofan Li, College of Science associate dean, at

Research at Illinois Tech

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


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