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Getting Started

Are you unsure of how to get involved in research? The OUR is here to help. Please take advantage of our resources, contact us at or come visit us on campus. The following suggestions may also help you find the right research opportunity for you.

  • Review faculty profiles on departmental websites and make appointments to talk with those whose research interests you.
  • Talk with your faculty instructors about their research and other research on campus.
  • Make an appointment to talk with the Director of the OUR about your areas of interest. Email him at
  • Attend the annual U of I Undergraduate Research Symposium in April to find out what other students are doing.
  • Visit the FAQ page.