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 2018- Spring 2019
Award Period Begins Monday, August 27, 2018
Student Research Forum April 2019
Project Abstract Due
Friday, May 3, 2019
LASURI IMPORTANT DATES Award Period: Fall 2019- Spring 2020
Application Available
early December 2018
 Information Sessions
TBA (early spring semester)
Application Due
Friday March 15, 2019
Awards Announced
early April 2019
Award Period Begins Monday, August 26, 2019
Student Research Forum April 2020, date TBA
 Project Abstract/Form Due  Friday May 2, 2020

Information Sessions

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. Dates for the 2019-20 application are TBA.

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?

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