The application process for LASURI takes place once a year, during spring semester, and applies to the following academic year.
Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are due March 13, 2020. The LASURI application can be found on snap.uic.edu. (If you don’t see the application under your “Recommended” opportunities, go to the Opportunities tab, select “Ours,” and search for “LASURI.”)
Information for the 2021-2022 cycle will be updated in mid-December 2020.
Step 1: Review the Application
Below, you’ll see a timeline and sample application questions. Knowing what the application expects of you will help you determine how to best frame your research project’s aim, scope, and methods with advice from your faculty mentor. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to learn about, contact, and meet with potential faculty mentors before the application due date.
You are encouraged to attend an information session in early spring to discuss the application process and learn more about what makes a successful application. A short presentation will be followed by an open period for questions, so feel free to stop by even if you cannot stay the whole time. Students are the primary intended audience, but prospective faculty mentors are also welcome to attend and ask questions. Information sessions for the 2020-21 application cycle will be held:
- Monday Feb. 10, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm, UH 850
- Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm, UH 401
Step 2: Find a Faculty Mentor
Academic advisors, departmental directors of undergraduate studies, and your course instructors are excellent sources of information about potential faculty mentors. Students have often chosen to work with a faculty member with whom they have completed a course and who inspired them to continue researching a topic of interest.
Students can also search the Undergraduate Research Experience website to find faculty mentors that match their interests. To learn more about faculty members’ research projects, browse their Research Profiles. Use the browse function at the top of the main page to narrow your search.
Remember that the faculty mentor will be expected to answer questions about the applicant and their proposed project as part of the application process.
Step 3: Design Your Research Project
Work with your faculty mentor to design a sound and feasible project for you to complete as an undergraduate research assistant. The application does require you to propose a specific project for your time in LASURI. The most competitive candidates will be those who can articulate a clearly thought-out, executable topic, though the LASURI committee understands and expects that a project will evolve from the original proposal. For sample questions that you should be prepared to address, see below.
For your own sake, we encourage you to clarify your faculty mentor’s expectations of you. Your experience will be far more productive and enjoyable if you and your mentor both understand and agree to the parameters of the project before the work begins.
Step 4: Apply
Students will need to provide some information about the project they’ve designed with their faculty mentor, including questions similar to those below. They will also be asked for the name and UIC email of their faculty mentor. The faculty mentor will receive an email with some questions regarding the applicant and their proposed project.
Both the student’s and faculty mentor’s questions must be submitted by Friday March 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm to qualify for the 2020-2021 application cycle. The application can be found on SnAP starting in mid December.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to ask your mentor to complete their part of the application in a timely fashion (and to follow up if needed)! The SnAP system will allow students to see whether or not the faculty mentor has submitted their follow-up questions.
Timeline for 2020-2021 LASURI Cycle
|Application available||mid-December 2019|
|Info session #1||Monday February 10, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm, UH 850|
|Info session #2||Thursday February 27, 2020, 1:00-2:00 pm, UH 401|
|Application due||Friday March 13, 2020|
|Awards announced||mid April 2020|
|Award period begins||Monday August 24, 2020|
|Annual kickoff reception||early September 2020|
|Final abstracts due for those participating in Fall only||Friday December 4, 2020|
|UIC Impact & Research Day||April 2021|
|Final abstract due||Friday April 30, 2021|
Sample Application Questions
Both the student’s and faculty mentor’s questions must be submitted by Friday March 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The application can be found on SnAP starting in mid-December.
- What is the title or name of your project?
- Into which of these categories does your project best fit?: Humanities, Interdisciplinary, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
- Will your proposed project span one or two semesters?: Fall 2020-Spring 2021; Fall 2020 only; Spring 2021 only
- Describe your project. (max 250 words each)
- What is the research question you are asking or the hypothesis you are testing?
- How will you go about answering that question or testing that hypothesis? (Depending on your field and project, this could be the methodology, archival sources, data sets, secondary literature, etc. you plan to use.)
- What interests you about this particular research project?
- Please describe any relevant coursework, experiences, or skills that you bring to the project.
- How would becoming a LASURI recipient advance your educational and/or professional goals? (max 250 words)
- How closely did the student work with you on the development of the proposed research topic?: Very closely, Fairly closely, Minimally, Not at all
- How strongly do you support this application?: Very strongly, Strongly, Moderately, Weakly, Not at all
- Please explain why you think this student/project should be funded and/or why you would like to work with the student on this project. (max 250 words)