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Undergraduate Research

Library support for undergraduate research

The University Library and the Scholarly Commons work to provide support for undergraduate researchers across all disciplines.

Publishing undergraduate research

1. Undergraduate Research Journals @ Illinois

  • Brain Matters: Brain Matters is a student-run, university-published journal created by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society (UNS) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The journal accepts papers and articles from undergraduates ranging across a diverse breadth of biological, psychological, and neurological topics, with special emphasis placed on the latter two. Written papers and articles are accepted for publication once the author has fulfilled the journal’s guidelines. Brain Matters strives to promote a neuroscience dialogue on campus, to compensate for the lack of a neuroscience major, as well as student networking and student research initiative.
  • EquinoxEquinox is the literary and arts magazine that is exclusive to the Campus Honors Program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was created, organized, and published by Campus Honors Program students. The mission of Equinox is to share the artistic and creative talents of Campus Honors Program members. Its name, borrowed from astronomy, reflects this mission: the vernal and autumnal equinoxes are days of the year when day and night are seen equally. The duality of day and night reflects the balance between academic and artistic achievement among Campus Honors Program scholars.
  • The Illini Journal of International SecurityThe Illini Journal of International Security (IJOIS) is a peer-reviewed undergraduate academic journal that is comprised of exceptional undergraduate and graduate papers on topics related to international security or foreign affairs. IJOIS is published biannually through the Program of Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) and the University Library. IJOIS employs a cross-disciplinary approach and accepts papers from students studying the social sciences, STEM fields, business and the humanities that analyze international security issues from innovative perspectives.
  • i-ACES: i-ACES (inquiry-ACES), by sponsored by the ACES Academy of Teaching Excellence, is a premier undergraduate research journal founded by the Academy of Teaching Excellence in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois aimed to advance undergraduate research.
  • Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work’s annual publication, Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR), showcases peer-reviewed undergraduate research from social work and related disciplines that contribute to the advancement of social and economic justice.
  • Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative, sponsored by the Ethnography of the University Initiative. Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal that publishes research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participate in EUI-affiliated courses or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university in a meaningful way. (Note: Currently on hold as the program is undergoing change.)
  • Re:Search, The Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, sponsored by the Department of EnglishRe:Search: The Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at UIUC is an undergraduate produced, peer-reviewed online journal designed to annually publish works exclusively by undergraduate students. It seeks to create a venue for undergraduate students to showcase and publish literary criticism within a greater academic discourse while nurturing a collaborative community between faculty, administration, and undergraduate students.
  • TRiO McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal: The TRiO McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal is the official publication of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The journal includes abstracts of the students’ final paper and represents combined efforts of students and their research mentors. The views expressed in the papers and abstracts are not intended to represent the views, beliefs, interests, values, or practices of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Example undergraduate research journals from other institutions
  • Undergraduate Research Journals @ UIUC: An Introductory Guide: Your guide to setting up an open access journal using Open Journals Systems (OJS) by the Public Knowledge Project.
  • If you are interested in starting a new undergraduate research journal, please work with your faculty mentor and submit a request.
  • Benefits of publishing as an undergraduate student Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research, A Blog

Image of Research Competition – UR Edition

–> An annual image competition celebrated at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. View past winners, 2014-.

Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for:

  • Connection between image, text, and research
  • Originality
  • Visual Impact

If you would like to serve as a student judge for the Image of Research — UR Edition competition, please contact Merinda Hensley at mhensle1@illinois.edu.

Presenting undergraduate research

Learn more about undergraduate research at Illinois

Undergraduate research liaison: Merinda Kaye Hensley, Associate Professor and Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian

Support for undergraduate research programming is organized by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Office of Undergraduate Research and by a generous gift to the Scholarly Commons from the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.