DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars

With the generosity of the DaRin Butz Foundation, the College of Engineering Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program is offering female undergraduate students funding to do¬†research in the summer. The foundation’s support of the ISUR summer program is aimed to encourage women to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Beginning summer 2018, DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars will conduct research in the areas of computer science, aerospace, electrical, computer, materials science, nuclear engineering, physics, or astronomy. Students will work with faculty mentors who will supervise, guide, and instruct them on their research during the course of the project. They are expected to do research 30 – 35 hours per week for 10 weeks in summer. Through the learning-by-apprenticeship model, the scholars will not only develop their research skills but also their science communication skills (verbal and written) and presentation skills as a researcher in the undergraduate research seminar ENG 199 UGR, which they will take in the fall semester. DaRin Butz scholars will also present their work in the Fall Engineering Research Fair or the annual poster expo in the spring semester.

Interested applicants must submit a two-page research project proposal as part of their application. Applicants are encouraged to work with their mentor on the project proposal. Funding is focused on projects  in the areas of computer science, aerospace, electrical, computer, materials science, nuclear engineering, physics, or astronomy.

Benefits

  • $5000 stipend for 10 weeks in the summer on campus
  • Close working relationship with a research mentor
  • Gain an understanding of what graduate school entails

Eligibility

  • Must be a University of Illinois woman undergraduate student in the College of Engineering
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Majoring in computer science, aerospace, electrical, computer, materials science, nuclear engineering, physics, or astronomy
  • University of Illinois GPA of 3.0 or higher

Apply using the online form: APPLICATIONS OPEN Nov. 15, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Notifications will be sent via email by April 15, 2020

Earliest start date for summer research: May 18, 2020