Whether we’re creating affordable prosthetics for amputees in developing countries or a membrane that keeps a heart beating forever, life-changing work is being done across all disciplines.

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Illinois students observing a 3D visualization of a tornado

68% of undergrads participate in research

Show us your best stuff.

Anyone can research, no matter the major. We devote a whole week to celebrating our students and the work they’re doing. The biggest highlight? Our annual Undergraduate Research Symposium!

Work with renowned faculty in state-of-the-art labs.

One of the best research institutions out there, Illinois has 100+ centers and institutes devoted to its cause. These modern facilities are the standard for doing high-level research with professors who are experts in their fields.

Meet the real world at Research Park.

Home to 120+ Fortune 500 and start-up companies, Research Park is nationally recognized for its role in aiding entrepreneurship and innovation. It's home to EnterpriseWorks, an incubator facility that helps launch new tech companies. Research Park also employs over 800 student interns.

Start your own business.

Opportunities for entrepreneurship exist across all majors at Illinois. Our iVenture Accelerator, for example, supports student entrepreneurs with knowledge, funding, and access to world-class resources and alumni, while our yearly Cozad New Venture Competition invites teams to create a venture around a topic of their choice for a chance to win funding and prizes valued over $250,000.