Office of Research

The Office of Research (OoR) is a catalyst for identifying opportunities, facilitating proposal development, interdisciplinary projects and working with campus-wide initiatives related to faculty and student research, research contexts and partnerships and external funding efforts.

The primary goals of the OoR are:

  1. Promote and facilitate collaborative research activity and productivity across the College, University and greater Chicago community
  2. Provide resources and support for sponsored research and grant activity
  3. Facilitate faculty development, particularly new faculty development, with respect to research
  4. Facilitate publicity for research accomplishments in coordination with College communications and marketing
  5. Develop and monitor implementation of research policies in the College
  6. Serve as the College of Education’s liaison with the Vice Chancellor for Research



Kim Lawless pictureKimberly A. Lawless

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Educational Psychology

Office: ETMSW 3123



J. Garpue Lieway pictureJ. Garpue Lieway

Pre-Award Specialist

Office: ETMSW 3036


Innovation at College of Education

Embedded in Local Classrooms

For English language learner (ELL) students, four to seven years are needed to fully adopt academic English, the language of the school classroom. There is no time to wait, however, to begin teaching math, science and literacy, all of which rely on English language comprehension.

To ensure ELL students do not fall behind in content area subjects reliant on English, the College’s Project ELMSA is partnering with Chicago in-service teachers in community schools to develop strategies for effectively teaching math, science and literacy skills while these learners are still mastering the English language.

Teachers from high poverty schools are developing and implementing four-week units integrating math, science and literacy based on students’ local knowledge and state standards, implemented over a one-year period. Teachers and Project ELMSA faculty work together to analyze results and create innovative new lesson plans. Their focus is on integrating language and content development with an emphasis on improving English Learner’s abilities to read and write for meaning as required in more complex text and tests found in mathematics and science.



Questioning Education Reform

Common Core state standards are the next big thing in education reform, and College faculty are at the forefront of both writing the standards and analyzing their impact on the most vulnerable students.

The College’s interim Dean Alfred Tatum, PhD is asking the tough questions: is the Common Core realistic for Black boys?  More specifically, will the Common Core protect the right of access to quality reading and writing instruction for African American males? In his research “Common Core State Standards:  Structuring and Protecting Equitable Pathways for African American Boys,” Tatum offers six recommendations to teachers as part of what he calls the Common Core Plus:

  1. Do not believe struggles with complex texts are based on race;
  2. Increase African American males’ exposure to rare words and rich language;
  3. Require students to demonstrate comprehension through both reading and writing to foster intellectual development;
  4. Move beyond texts that are “cultural feel-goods;”
  5. Move beyond mandated texts;
  6. Conceptualize reading, writing and language as tools of protection for African American males.

Tatum asks, “Will the Common Core state standards provide the type of in-classroom sanctuary needed for these young males to achieve academic excellence? Or will African American males be defaulted by another failed educational approach?”



Building National Urban Education Models

Perhaps no right of children is greater than the right to learn how to read. To ensure all children develop superior literacy skills, the College’s Center for Literacy is leading a nationwide study to ensure the most at-risk struggling readers receive the strategic education they need to read at and above grade level.

The Center is helping lead a national Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development. The study is identifying 50 schools in 10 urban communities across the U.S. with relatively high performance in reading achievement, and 50 demographically matched schools in these same communities performing below average, as is common in high poverty environments.

The study is assessing students in reading and oral development; surveying teachers, principals and parents; and observing instruction in more than 1000 classrooms. The goal is to determine the instructional practices, learning experiences and school conditions that allow some economically-disadvantaged children to outperform their counterparts in reading and language, and implement these traits in high-needs schools with struggling readers.

Research News Archive

New Grant Prepares Special Ed Researchers with Unique Focus

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October 8, 2014 -- A Department of Education grant will foster the development of new special education researchers focused on investigating the links between severe behavioral disabilities and academic performance, a field of special education that is highly under-researched.  Read more

Faculty Research Critiques Test Score-Based Evaluations


October 1, 2014 -- Research from the College's Ben Superfine finds teacher evaluations based in part on student test scores rarely create teacher motivation and fail to align with a host of key facets of the teaching profession, in particular serving the needs of students with special education needs.  Read more

New Grant Funds Push for Science Educators

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September 24, 2014 -- A grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling the College of Education to recruit new African American and Latina/o science teacher candidates to meet a critical need for science teachers representative of urban community populations.  Read more

College Announces Three New Research Initiatives

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September 16, 2014 -- Three new Chicago-based projects have been funded at the College of Education, examining the role of digital media arts in high-needs schools, students connections with historical narratives, and resilience in African American youth in the juvenile justice system.  Read more

New Research:  Are Teacher Tests Effective Evaluators?

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September 10, 2014 -- A new research brief from College faculty and students reveals teacher readiness tests are a poor indicator of future success for pre-service teachers, but such tests could be useful in evaluating how well teacher candidates use data about student learning to inform practice and building new curriculum.  Read the policy brief

New Policy Brief Details Principal Roles for Teacher Evaluation


July 30, 2014 -- The College's Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative released its first policy brief of 2014, highlighting how principals' roles in schools will impact new Obama administration federal perogatives emphasizing the importance of teacher evaluation.  Read the policy brief

New Grant Expands Child Home Care Math Access

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July 10, 2014 -- Algebra is a gatekeeper to higher level math access, in particular for African American and Latino/a learners.  Through a CME Foundation Grant, the College will be expanding access to in-home child care mathematics learning opportunities to provide early math access.  Read more

College Unveils New Math Learning Website

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July 2, 2014 -- The CME Group Foundation awarded the College $200,000 to support the expansion, research on usage and further development of an online early math professional development website for home care providers.  Kathy Sheridan, Catherine Main and Melissa Kelly direct the project.  Math at Home Website

Research Indicates Negative Effects of School Closures

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June 20, 2014 -- The College's Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education released new research detailing the negative effects of school closures in urban contexts on students' academic performance, emotional and social well-being, safety and family involvement.  Read more

Investigating Racial Self-Identity in Science Learning

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June 15, 2014 -- Research from the College's Maria Varelas and Danny Martin reveals that science curriculum itself is not enough to build strong science learners in Black and Latino communities.  Teachers must be cognizant of the socialization of perceived racial achievement gaps.  Read more

Unpacking Identity Threats for Black Math Learners


June 10, 2014 -- In a call to move math education beyond procedural-based instruction, Greg Larnell argues in "The Stuff of Stereotypes: Toward Unpacking Identity Threats amid African American Students’ Learning Experiences" to bring the life experiences of Black learners into classrooms.  Watch video

Can i-Pads Close the App Gap?


June 2, 2014 -- The College's Bill Teale publishes research in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education focusing on how digital technologies can improve early childhood literacy outcomes for urban learners, with strategies for educators to incorporate digital technologies into curriculum.  Read more

Centers, Clinics & Labs

College of Education Centers produce research that improves education at the local, state, and national levels.


The Center for Literacy (CFL) is a research and service center devoted to the advancement of literacy.

The Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) is a consortium of four universities focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics to Latino/a students in the U.S.

The Center for Urban Education Leadership finds the best ways to put great principals in every school by supporting our EdD program and by sharing the findings with the public.

The Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education (CEJE) is a hub for the development of transformative models of urban education.

The Monarch Center (MC) is a national center that provides grant proposal writing and program development support to faculty who are preparing special educators at minority institutions of higher education.

The Prairie Group (PRAIRIE) evaluates programs, policies and initiatives with the goal of improving the quality of education and community life in urban settings.

The Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative seeks to change the public conversation about public education by producing peer-reviewed policy briefs in plain language that are aimed at ensuring that students receive the educational opportunities they deserve. 

Studies in Moral Development and Education(SMDE) links educators, scholars and citizens interested in sharing their work and learning more about research, practices and activities in the area of moral development and education.


The UIC Reading Clinic provides high-quality training for reading professions who would be able to address the unique needs of struggling readers and writers and conducting research for developing effective practices for working with struggling readers and writers.

The UIC Education Assessment Clinic completes comprehensive evaluations of children from the Chicagoland area who are referred for academic and behavioral learning assessment.


The Educational Technology Lab (ETL) provides computer support and services for the faculty, students and staff of the College of Education.

Faculty Assistance Center for Technology (FACT) offers College of Education faculty and students assistance in using technology for learning, instruction and assessment.

The MESA Laboratory (MESALab) provides Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment consulting services to College of Education faculty and students enrolled in COE courses at UIC.

UIC Assessment Clinic

The Assessment Clinic, located in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education, provides the Chicago land community with an Educational Assessement program for school age (6 to16 years) children who are having learning difficulties.  The students are given a comprehensive battery of formal and informal tests along with parent interviews and a classroom observation, all of which are included in a final Case Study Report.

Students are assessed at the clinic by interns who are completing their Master’s Degree in Special Education.  They complete the assessments under supervision and with guidance from the Clinic Director and Instructors. Interns in the Master’s Degree program are required to complete this internship as a part of their preparation as teachers. After each testing session the interns, together with the Instructor, analyze the information collected to make educational recommendations for use in the home and at school.  An assessment of the child’s educational needs is provided to the parents in a detailed written report after the testing sessions culminate.

Please call us at 312-996-8137 to learn more about the Assessment Clinic.  We are looking forward to working with you!

Clinic Schedule: Clinic sessions are held three times per year, coinciding with the academic calendar.  The time commitment involved for the assessment clinic spans 6 sessions with each session lasting 2 hours, for a total of 12 hours of testing.

Typically in the fall, we test on Saturdays through October and into early November.

Typically in the spring, we test on Saturdays through March and into early April. 

Typically in the summer, we test 3 days per week during a two-week period in late June and early July.

Our Assessments: In the Assessment Clinic, we strive to provide a balanced assessment that includes extensive background and developmental histories, behavioral observations, and informal assessments, all of which are tailored to the needs of the child. Some of the assessment instruments used are:

  • Woodcock Johnson-III Tests of Cognition and Achievement
  • Key Math-3 Diagnostic Assessment
  • Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals- 4th Edition
  • TOWL-4 (Test of Written Language, 4th edition)
  • Informal Reading Inventories
  • Slingerland Screening Tests for Identifying Children with Specific Language Disability
  • Brigance Diagnostic Inventory of Basic Skills
  • Conners Rating Scale Revised
  • Piers Harris Self Concept Scale
  • Social Skill Improvement System

Clinic Fees: The fee for testing is $350. Under special circumstances, this fee can be reduced.  Payment options are available.

Family Resources: In the sections below, you will be directed to several sites that list Chicago area tutors,  community centers, advocacy groups, and other resources. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, and we welcome your input. If you have had an experience at a tutoring or community center that you found useful we ask you to please share it with us so we can share it with other families.

Permission form: The clinic requires a completed parental permission form for all students seeking our services.

A list of Chicago area tutoring and remediation services that includes addresses and phone numbers.

A Non-profit, drop-in writing and tutoring center in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

This is a listing of Citywide Youth Centers.  Each offers various after school and weekend services.


Family Resource Center on Disabilities


These links will take you to the English and Spanish versions of:” A Parent's Guide - The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities”

This website provides parents and caregivers with information and answers to learn more about disabilities.

This site contains information for parents on topics including early childhood special education, Project CHOICES, parent training, and links to the document A Parent’s Guide – The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities in English and Spanish.

This site lists state State AgenciesDisability OrganizationsParent Organizations
and Other Organizations that can offer information and assistance about disability issues.

This is the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association; it serves the entire state of Illinois and is “dedicated to the study and remediation of dyslexia and to the support and encouragement of individuals with dyslexia and their families.”

This site will help you find answers to a variety of disability related concerns, including information on how to seek individual assistance with disability-related rights issues, information on legislation and public policy that impacts the disability community, training to help you advocate for your own disability rights in a variety of circumstances, and information on ensuring that people with disabilities remain safe in the wide variety of settings where they live and work.  This site also maintains a wealth of links and documents related to disability rights issues in its Resource Center.

UIC Reading Clinic

"It's not just about students' literacy development; it's about students' lives."
 -- Dr. Alfred W. Tatum, associate professor and director of the UIC Reading Clinic

The UIC Reading Clinic provides tutoring support by graduate students to individuals living in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs who struggle with reading and writing. Preference is given to students who are between 11-17 years old. Under certain circumstances, adults are eligible to receive tutoring support at the Clinic.

The Clinic was founded on the principles of providing high quality training for reading professionals who would be able to address the unique needs of struggling readers and writers, as well as providing the opportunity to conduct research for developing effective practices for working with struggling readers and writers.

Since its inception the Reading Clinic has serviced more than 720 children and prepared more than 500 reading professionals, many of whom have served in leadership positions throughout the Chicagoland area. Other trained professionals have become school superintendents, district literacy leaders, and teacher educators at universities throughout the United States. Many of the professionals who received preparation at the UIC Research and Remedial Reading Clinic attribute their success to the intense one-to-one tutoring experience working with struggling readers and writers, particularly working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Please call the Clinic at 312-996-0709 to request an initial screening. The screening takes about an hour and the fee is $10.00.


The goal of the UIC Research and Remedial Reading Clinic is to develop a Reading Intervention Model (RIM) for struggling adolescent readers in grades 4-12. National data indicate that more research, support, and outreach are needed to address the literacy needs of students who have moved beyond third grade. To accomplish the goal of developing a Reading Intervention Model, plans are underway to focus the Clinic’s efforts around three goals: outreach to the community and schools, research based on the population served, and training for teachers and other educational professionals. The University of Illinois at Chicago, as an urban institution of higher education located near several diverse, economically underserved communities, is uniquely positioned to provide leadership to develop a reading intervention model that pays attention the needs of adolescents of color.

Rigorous research on the reading achievement of adolescents is central to the development of a reading intervention model. Therefore, it essential to identify researchers and collaborators who are willing to focus on, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Conducting rigorous research on the reading achievement of adolescents

  • Disseminating research findings at professional conferences

  • Providing an annual seminar series to discuss the emerging research for improving the reading achievement of adolescents

  • Developing a national database on the reading achievement of adolescents to support various networks

  • Shaping classroom contexts that support the literacy achievement of adolescents

  • Identifying curricular materials that support the literacy development of adolescents

  • Providing professional development support to pre-service and in-service teachers to improve the literacy achievement of adolescents

  • Developing ongoing relationships with middle schools and high schools to analyze the effectiveness of a reading intervention model


Parent Testimonials

I think the reading clinic is one of the best because my kid has improved a lot in her reading and her choice of words. Roberta R.

UIC Reading clinic is an inexpensive program. My daughter’s reading has improved and her writing skills have improved. The instructors are very patient and positive for our children. The clinic offers free parking. Dovie D.

We would like to thank everyone at the center for helping our daughter Angelica. We feel that it has helped Angelica bring the creativeness out in her. She has benefited from the program. She looks at reading and writing differently. She is now able to open her mind in a different way. So keep up the good work. The Moreno family.

We love the Reading Clinic! Our son’s tutor is wonderful. We saw improvement after only a few weeks. Our son is really enjoying the work he is doing, because they have made learning fun. He especially loves posting his finished work on the website. One of the things that I like about the UIC Reading program is that it provides high individualized, one on one instruction. It is wonderful to see my 8-year-old son enjoying and looking forward to attending every single reading session. I see my child more motivated, and he has also gained confidence when he reads. Maria F.

My son does not complain or argue about attending which is wonderful. I am pleased thus far. He has written a short story and now is working on a poem. All of the staff here at the Reading clinic are very, very, nice people. Francine.

Student Testimonials

I think the reading clinic is fantastic. There are lots of kids here and each day the students get taught something new. Ian D.

I like to come to the clinic because it helps me understand what to do and lets me learn more than what I use to. I get a lot more help here then at school and coming here has made me a new person. Angelica M.

I have learned many things at the UIC Reading Clinic. I learned to write a dynamite poem. I learned to write a children’s story. I am learning to write a short story. I learned to organize my writing. I learned how to read much better. I would not have learned all this stuff if I did not have my good, nice teacher, Ms. Kristal. Esther.

I like the clinic because my grades got better because my tutor helped me. I can read better and I write better stories. Angelique.


Q. Who is eligible to attend the Clinic?

A. We provide tutoring support to individuals living in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs who struggle with reading and writing. Preferences are giving to students ranging in age from 11-17 years old. Under certain circumstances, adults are eligible to receive tutoring support at the Clinic.

Q. How do I sign up?

A. Please call the Clinic at 312-996-0709 to request an initial screening. The screening takes about an hour. The fee for the screening is $10.

Q. Will my child be able to start in the Clinic immediately?

A. Following the initial screening, the student will be placed on a waiting list until a tutor becomes available. The average wait list time is four months.

Q. Where does the tutoring take place?

A. The UIC Reading Clinic is located in room L268 (lower level) of the EPASW building located at 1040 W. Harrison (corner of Harrison and Morgan). There is public parking east of the building on Morgan.

Q. When does the tutoring take place?

A. The Clinic operates on the UIC semester schedule. Fall tutoring begins in early September and ends in early December. Spring tutoring begins in early February and ends in late April.

Tutoring is offered from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., or from 5p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If a student receives tutoring on Monday, he or she will also receive tutoring on Wednesday at the same time. A student who is scheduled for tutoring on Tuesday will have another session on Thursday.

Sample Schedule:    
Student: D. Jackson    Tutoring Times: Mon. & Wed. at 4pm
Tutor: Lisa Scot    

Q. How long are the tutoring sessions?

A. Each tutoring session is one hour in length. Students receive twenty tutoring sessions over a ten-week period.

Q. What happens if my child is unable to attend all of the sessions?

A. Students who miss two (2) sessions will be dismissed from the Clinic.

Q. How long is my child eligible to be enrolled in the Clinic?

A. Students are enrolled until the clinic director determines that the student is ready to be exited, or until the student has received forty weeks of support, whichever comes first.

Q. What if I arrive at the Clinic before my scheduled time?

A. The Clinic is open from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Students can come into the Clinic and sign out a book to read while waiting.

Q. Am I required to wait at the Clinic while the student receives tutoring?

A. No, you are not required to wait, but it is encouraged. Tutors like to talk with the parents/guardians following each session.

Q. What is the cost of tutoring, or how much does tutoring cost?

A. The UIC Reading Clinic charges a fee of $10 per session. However, if parents are not able to afford the standard fee, the Clinic offers a reduced fee schedule so that no child is turned away due to financial hardship.

Make A Donation

Show your support for the UIC Reading Clinic by making a tax-deductible donation to the University of Illinois Foundation and allocating the donation to the Reading Clinic.

Giving by Check

Make your check payable to the University of Illinois Foundation, and in the memo line of the check state the purpose of the gift – UIC Reading Clinic.

Mail your check to the following address:
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801

Giving by Credit Card

UIC accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Visit our Support Urban Education page to submit a donation online via credit card.

Giving by Wire Transfer

The following information is needed for domestic cash wires to the University of Illinois Foundation:
Busey Bank, Urbana, Illinois
ABA No. 071102568
Account Title: University of Illinois Foundation
Account No. 00069728

The following information is needed for foreign cash wires to the University of Illinois Foundation:
JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA
4 New York Place, Fl 15
New York, NY 10004
Swift Code: CHASUS33
ABA Number: 021000021
UI Foundation Account: 5168953
Account Title: University of Illinois Foundation

Thank you for supporting the UIC Reading Clinic. Your contribution allows the clinic to continue its research and outreach to the community.


Alfred W. Tatum, Director
1040 W. Harrison M/C 147
Chicago, IL 60607

Clinic Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:30-6:00 pm September-April


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Undergraduate Students

Opportunities within the College of Education

100-Hour Undergraduate Research Internship (HURI)

When: Awarded on a semester by semester basis

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: This funding is provided by the College of Education Office of Research to afford opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in educational research with advanced doctoral student mentors.  The funding will cover 100 hours of research participation at the current undergraduate student hourly rate. The Office of Research will fund up to 5 of these awards per year. 

Information and Application

For more information email: Lieway at


The Engaged Research Fellowship (TERF)

When:  Awarded on a semester by semester basis

Application Deadline: Applications accepted May 15 for a July 1 start date, August 1 for a September 1 start date and December 15 for a January 15 start date.

About: The Engaged Research Fellowship, supports undergraduate COE students in conducting focused, faculty-mentored research connected to social justice. This fellowship emphasizes applied research, highlighting research that does justice, such as research on justice-related issues, research with community-based organizations, and/or research in response to pressing social issues. Each year, up to 5 fellowships will be awarded.

Information and Application (all forms and information are in this Word file)

For more information email: Lieway at


Opportunities at UIC

UIC Honors College Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA)

When: Awarded on a semester by semester basis

Application Deadline: due by the third week of classes each semester

About: Honors College students who have completed their freshman year can participate formally in faculty research as a way of satisfying the honors activity requirement. UIC has a wealth of outstanding researchers, and the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program gives honors students an opportunity to work with some of them. The range of research activity is wide, including business, education, engineering, the humanities and the arts, the natural sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences. Undergraduate Research Assistants are expected to put in approximately six hours a week on a project that is part of, or relevant to, the faculty member's research. The faculty will explain how the work done by the student fits into the larger project, and will make sure that the activity, whatever it is, has educational benefit for the students.



The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago

When: Published annually

Application Deadline: Rolling submissions

About: The Mission of our Journal is to publish outstanding scholarship of undergraduates in the areas of pure & applied sciences, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and showcase the work of the University Scholars. The papers published in this journal will have been reviewed for scientific value by faculty members at UIC. The scientific material in these papers shall be original work performed by the authors. The Journal of Undergraduate research at UIC will be published only in an online version on this web-site, and distribution and reproduction of any material in this journal is prohibited unless permitted by the Editor.



UIC Undergraduate Research Experience (URE)

When: Held annually, duration of the award variable

Application Deadline: Summer prior to commencement of URE

About: The Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) is a university-wide program dedicated to fostering scholarly engagement and intellectual growth. The URE mission is to make research an integral part of the undergraduate academic experience at UIC by creating mutually beneficial research relationships between students and faculty researchers.



Summer Research Opportunities Program For Undergraduates (SROP)

When: Held annually in the summer

Application Deadline: In the Fall semester, the Graduate College invites undergraduates to apply for participation in SROP. The student may apply to the program already having a research project in mind and a committed faculty mentor or simply by having a research area of interest. In cases where a student has an experienced interest but no mentor, the SROP staff will try to facilitate a match. 

About: The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) was first established in 1986 by the Graduate Deans of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The goal of SROP is to introduce domestic underrepresented sophomores and juniors to academic research experiences. Student participants work one-on-one with a faculty mentor giving them an opportunity to experience research and the graduate student experience. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) launched its SROP in 1986, with a total of six minority undergraduate students. 



UIC Student Research Forum

When: Held annually in April, this year’s date is April 2nd, 2015

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

About: The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. Led by members of the Student Research Forum Steering Committee, the event allows student officers and members to be involved in all aspects of planning, from catering to judging to encouraging fellow students to participate.  SRFSC members have the chance to interact with faculty and staff from across campus during the planning phases of the event and help make the event meet the needs of students.  SRFSC members worked with the Honors College this year to plan a series of events designed to assist students in writing an abstract, preparing their poster and planning their presentation.  It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.



Local Conferences of Interest:

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium

When: Held annually, this year’s date is April 11th, 2015

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

About: The Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) is one of the largest annual undergraduate research conferences in the country, bringing together hundreds of undergraduate students in the Chicagoland area from all academic disciplines to present their research. Through poster presentations, oral presentations, and roundtable discussions, attendees experience the impressive breadth and depth of research being conducted by their peers and have the opportunity to network with other undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and representatives from industry and graduate and professional schools.



Chicago International Conference on Education (Chicago ICE):


Mid-Western Educational Research Association


Illinois Computing Educators


National Opportunities for Research Experiences

AERA Undergraduate Research Training Workshop

When: Held annually at the AERA conference, this year’s dates are April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015

Application Deadline: December prior to annual meeting

About: This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field. The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an overview of how education research is designed across fields, how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied research organizations (i.e., The American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute) will introduce education research as a field and share their area of expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and beginning a career in education research.

Fellows will be paired with a faculty member and a graduate student who will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop, fellows will attend pre-selected paper sessions and presentations during the AERA Annual Meeting.



APA Summer Science Fellowship

When: Held annually, this year’s dates are June 13 – July 25, 2015 

Application Deadline: Annually in February

About: An expenses-paid, intensive summer training program, the SSF places up to 12 talented students in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, D.C., area. The lab experience will be six weeks in length. The SSF program gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with skills essential to succeed in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally known faculty.


Local Opportunities for Graduate Research Experiences

Opportunities within the College of Education

Dissertation/Thesis/ Major Research Paper Funding

When: Apply once during your program for this funding.

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: The Office of Research in the College of Education provides this fund to reimburse graduate students for up to $500 in expenses related to research and preparation of a dissertation, thesis, or a major research paper if in a non-thesis program. The Research Office will only grant ONE research funding award per student. And student awardees must claim reimbursement within the same year. Students must be approved for funding before they submit claims for reimbursement.

Information and Application

For more information email: Lieway at


100-Hour Undergraduate Research Internship (HURI)

When: Awarded on a semester by semester basis

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: This funding is provided by the College of Education Office of Research to afford opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in educational research with advanced doctoral student mentors.  The funding will cover 100 hours of research participation at the current undergraduate student hourly rate. The Office of Research will fund up to 5 of these awards per year. 

Information and Application

Email: Lieway at

Opportunities at UIC

Graduate Student Presenter Award

When: Awarded throughout the year, but on a first come first serve basis until funds are expended

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: The Graduate Student Presenter Awards are intended to help graduate students defray costs associated with presenting research at scholarly meetings or conferences, (e.g., registration and/or travel expenses). A graduate student is defined as a degree-seeking student currently enrolled in a Graduate College program. Students enrolled in the MSW, MBA, DrPH, MPH, MENG or other non Graduate College Programs are NOT eligible for these awards.  For a full list of programs in the Graduate College, please see the Graduate College Web site. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. Students are only eligible to receive funding once per academic year.



Graduate Student Council Travel Award

When: Awarded throughout the year, but on a first come first serve basis until funds are expended

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: The UIC Graduate Student Council Travel Award is available to students actively participating in academic or professional meetings. To eligible applicants, the GSC gives awards of up to $275, which may be used for reimbursement of transportation, lodging, registration, and meal costs.



Graduate Student Council Project Award

When: Through out the year, but funds are limited, so apply earl

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: The Graduate Student Council Project Awards provide financial assistance to graduate student organizations or individual students who seek to complete a service project. In order to receive any funding, the student or group must be currently enrolled and seeking a degree in the graduate college at the University of Illinois. In addition, the student's graduate program must be in good standing with the GSC. The GSC attempts to support as many qualified applicants as possible. However, grants are contingent upon the availability of funds and limited to $500 per grant. 



UIC Graduate College Dean's Scholar Fellowship

When: Process starts in the spring semester to be awarded for one academic year.

Application Deadline: Department submits nomination March 15.

About: This award provides $22,000 stipend to recipients for 12 months, non-renewable. Recipients also receive a tuition and fee waiver from the Graduate College. Check the link below for details to apply.



UIC Graduate College University Fellowships

When: Fellowships available in the fall, Spring semesters

Application Deadline: Visit link below for each semester date.

About: These fellowships are for incoming master’s students and provides $25,000 per academic year or $2083.33 per month in the first year, for one year. Ph.D. students receive the award in the first year and are eligible for an additional year of support when they begin their dissertation research; provided, they make good progress in their program and have received a minimum of two-year support from their departments.



UIC Graduate College Abraham Lincoln Fellowship

When: Fellowships available in the spring semester

Application Deadline: Department submits nomination in February, but visit website below for the date.

About: Fellowship awards $25,000 per academic year or $2083.33 per month to cover two years for doctoral students and one year for master's students. Fellows will also receive a tuition and fee waiver from the Graduate College.



UIC Graduate College Provost's Award for Graduate Research

When: Award is available in the fall and spring semesters.

Application Deadline: Department submits nomination in October

About: The award provides $1,000 to $3,000 once in spring and once in fall semesters to support research projects by graduate students. All graduate students currently enrolled at UIC may apply.



UIC Graduate College Chancellor's Graduate Research Fellowship

When: Beginning the fall

Application Deadline: Submit LOI for Spring- Summer between 1/16– 8/15 or for summer only between 6/16--8/15. Then submit application 9/16 each year.

About: Fellows receive $4,000 a year for two years. Fellowship intends to increase multidisciplinary scholarship opportunities and exposure to varied research and creative fields for graduate and professional students. Students from any field of study participating in multidisciplinary research at UIC are eligible to apply.



UIC Graduate College W.C. and Preble Deiss Fellowship

When: Fellowship is offered in fall spring (one year)

Application Deadline: Department submits nomination to Graduate Office in February

About: Award is $25,000 for one year or $2083.33 per month from August 16 to August 15 of following year. The Award is renewable in the fourth (final) year of the fellowship, and the Deiss recipient will receive an additional $1,500 research allowance. Fellowship will recruit students to a graduate program in the life sciences at UIC. Newly admitted students pursuing graduate study in the life sciences, students being recruited to a graduate program in the life sciences, and students previously admitted to a graduate program at UIC can apply.



Local Conferences of Interest

UIC Student Research Forum

Mid-Western Educational Research Association

Illinois Computing Educators


Opportunities within the College of Education

Proposal Incentive Fund (PIF)

Application Deadline: Rolling

About: This internal funding competition provides funds to enable a faculty member to prepare a strong proposal for extramural funding. Funds can be used for a course release, student support, travel to meet with a collaborator, etc.  Up to four proposals within the college will be awarded funds each academic year, contingent upon budget allocation and proposal quality.

Information and Application

For more information email: Lieway at


Teaching Innovation Award

When: Awarded on a semester by semester basis

Application Deadline: The Monday directly proceeding the commencement of classes each semester

About: The Teaching Innovation funds are intended to support faculty interested in developing and re-designing courses to enhance student engagement and success. We invite applicants interested in exploring teaching opportunities that include new approaches, designs, instructional strategies, and assessment systems. Proposed course innovations include, but are not limited to, infusing first-year student supports, developing course research components, assessing student learning outcomes, fostering student learning communities, promoting community-engaged teaching, highlighting inclusive teaching practices, integrating literacy practices and technology tools, designing multimedia teaching presentations, and coordinating collaborative teaching.

Information and Application

For more information email: Lieway at

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Other Resources

UIC Internal Funding Initiatives

These grant programs are intended to facilitate UIC research and lead to extramural funding.  Please refer to the guidelines for specific eligibility requirements.  Unless otherwise noted they are administered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR).

External Funding Search

Pivot (COS):

Grant Forward:

Grant Resources Center:

Foundation Directory:

Human Subjects and IRB

Preparation and Submission:

Education and Training: