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New year of USOAR, Student Engagement Fund takes flight

August 31, 2015

federicoLooking to become more independent in your research? Interested in learning more about your major and future career?


USOAR is a program that funds student-generated research projects, whether the study is conducted on campus, somewhere else in the United States or internationally.

USOAR is open to students from all colleges, departments and majors. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

How do I get involved?

Share your idea for a research or artistry project with a faculty member. Once the faculty member has approved your idea, complete and submit a copy of your proposal to [email protected]. Proposal guidelines are available online. The fall deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 2. Students whose proposals are selected are granted up to $2,500 to carry out their projects. Students have between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 to complete their USOAR projects.

To learn more, attend an information session:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, noon, Altgeld 125
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, noon, Altgeld 125
  • Monday, Sept. 14, noon, Altgeld 100
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, noon, Altgeld 100

Barrie BodeStudent Engagement Fund

The Student Engagement Fund is a collaborative effort by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide stipends for students working on faculty-mentored research projects and to support undergraduate student engagement projects. Students as well as faculty are encouraged to apply to fund projects.

How do I get involved? Apply online. The fall deadline for submissions is Thursday, Oct. 15.

To learn more, attend an information session:

  • Thursday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m., Holmes Student Center 405
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Dusable Hall 464
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., Holmes Student Center 405
  • Monday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m., Altgeld 125

For more information, call (815) 753-8154 or emailĀ [email protected].