With the generosity of the DaRin Butz Foundation, the Grainger College of Engineering Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program offers women undergraduate students funding to do research in the summer or fall and spring semesters. The foundation’s support of the ISUR program is aimed to encourage women to pursue careers in science and engineering.
DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars conduct research in the areas of computer science, aerospace, electrical, computer, materials science, nuclear engineering, physics, or astronomy. Scholars 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 or at least 10 hours per week in the regular semesters.
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 Foundation Research Scholars will also present their work in the Fall Engineering Research Fair or the annual ISUR 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.
Note: Flexible on start date for summer research.
- $5000 research scholarship for summer on campus or for fall and spring semesters
- Conference travel support to present research at a conference
- Close working relationship with a research mentor
- Gain an understanding of what graduate school entails
- Must be a University of Illinois woman undergraduate student in the Grainger College of Engineering
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Rising 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
- Previous recipients of the award are ineligible to apply
- Statement of Interest in Research (300 words)
- Two-Page Project Proposal
- Background of study
- Project Timeline
Application for 2024-2025
Applications open January 15, 2024
Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
Notifications will be sent via email by: April 15, 2024