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Conducting research while a Global Studies student at Illinois is an opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of a particular issue such as development, globalization, or the cultural and political dynamics of a specific world region.
  • Strengthen your ability to gather, organize and synthesize complex data for use in your future academic and career undertakings.  
  • Develop a strong set of research credentials will open many employment options for you after graduation and are essential for further educational opportunities such as graduate or professional programs.
  • Work closely with faculty and benefit from their expertise and develop a relationship with an academic mentor who can offer insight into your areas of interest and provide advice for your future endeavors.
  • Ensure that you have a strong research writing sample for when you apply to graduate school.

Students interested in furthering their research skills are strongly encouraged to take GLBL 200: Foundations of Research and to consider pursuing either a Distinction Project or Faculty Research Assistance Capstone.

When conducting Global Studies research students should consult our newly designed Research page for helpful academic resources (link to Research page on the website).  
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Illinois also supports undergraduate research in the following ways:

  • Undergraduate Research Certificate Program
  • Opportunities to present and publish
  • Funding opportunities (conference travel, competitions, summer undergraduate research program, and more)