The UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) is a college-wide program that supports faculty-student research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Its mission is to make undergraduate research integral to teaching, learning, and scholarship in LAS by providing support to undergraduates and faculty involved in research collaborations. The competition is held once a year in the spring. It is limited to students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

LASURI IMPORTANT DATES Award Period: Fall 2017- Spring 2018
Award Period Begins Monday, August 28, 2017
Student Research Forum Wednesday, April 11, 2018
(Submission deadline 9:00 am April 2, 2018)
Project Abstract Due
Friday, May 4, 2018
LASURI IMPORTANT DATES Award Period: Fall 2018- Spring 2019
Application Available
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Student Question & Answer Sessions

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:30 -11:30 am
       (Both sessions in 850 UH)

Mentor Question & Answer Session Thursday, February 22, 2018, 11:00-noon, 850 UH
(for mentors/mentor representatives only)
Application Part I Due (Student)
Monday, April 2, 2018, noon
Application Part II Due (Faculty Mentor)  Monday, April 2, 2018, noon
Awards Announced
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5:00 pm
Award Period Begins Monday, August 27, 2018
Student Research Forum April 2019, date TBA
 Project Abstract/Form Due  Friday, May 3, 2019

Question and Answer Sessions (Workshops)

Question and answer sessions are offered to explain the LASURI process, discuss the components of a strong application, and answer student questions. A short presentation will be followed by open period for student questions. Students can come any time during the session.

You are encouraged to explore the type of questions included on the LASURI application to guide your discussions with your mentor.

Program Description

  • Program Goals
  • What is Undergraduate Research?
  • How LASURI Works

For Students

  • Conducting Research as an Undergraduate
  • What’s In It For You?
  • Eligibility & Program Requirements
  • Getting Started
  • Presenting Your Research
  • FAQs

What's on the LASURI Application?

Online Application Parts I [student] & II [faculty]

For Faculty

  • The Benefits of Participation
  • Selecting an Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Presentation of the Research
  • FAQs

For Current Participants (Students & Faculty) 

      Confirming Participation and Transferring Funds
      Preparing for the Public Presentation
      Submitting the Final Abstract

Giving to LASURI

Contact LASURI