Office of Student Research

Participation in in-depth research with a faculty mentor is one of the most transformational experiences an undergraduate student can have. Student researchers gain analytical skills, explore career interests, expand their knowledge on a topic outside the classroom, and cultivate one-on-one connections with distinguished faculty in their field. Student research fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and scientific progress as students discover the enduring joy of inquiry.

The Office of Student Research’s FIREbird research grants allow students time and resources to engage in intensive, hands-on projects. Each FIREbird Summer grant provides up to $3000 for student wages, project materials, and travel. The competition attracts applications from students in disciplines across the campus. Watch the video to hear directly from some of our past grant recipients.

 We’d like to offer FIREbird grants to more students and disciplines which is why this challenge is so important. With your help, we can expand this life-changing educational experience in the Summer of 2022.

Please support our student researchers today during Birds Give Back!

Leaderboard
Participation by area
Which participating group will receive the most gifts during Birds Give Back? Support your passion and help your area climb the leaderboard!
Rank Area of Support Gifts
1 Communication 328
2 Athletics 192
3 Multicultural Center 158
4 Geography, Geology and the Environment 151
5 LGBTQ+ Student Support 121
6 School of Theatre and Dance 90
7 Support MCN Priorities 89
8 Center for Civic Engagement 88
9 University Housing Services 84
10 Family and Consumer Sciences 80
11 Accounting 77
12 Red and White Student Scholarship 74
13 Andrew Purnell Jr. Memorial Scholarship 71
14 Horticulture Center 69
15 WGLT 61
16 Finance, Insurance, and Law 54
17 College of Business Excellence Fund 50
18 ISUPD Community Engagement Unit 50
19 Student Engagement 49
20 Redbird Esports 45
21 Gamma Phi Circus 40
22 Special Education 36
23 School of Teaching and Learning 35
24 Health Sciences 34
25 Chemistry 33
26 Textbook Affordability 33
27 School of Music 33
28 Illinois Shakespeare Festival 32
29 Ewing Cultural Center 31
30 Red and White Scholarship Fund 29
31 History 28
32 CAST Student Persistence Fund 27
33 Office of Sustainability 27
34 Student Affairs Scholarships 23
35 U-High 23
36 More Ways to Support Milner 22
37 Biological Sciences 21
38 Agriculture 21
39 Politics and Government 21
40 Career Services 21
41 College of Arts and Sciences Funds 20
42 Wonsook Kim CFA General Fund 20
43 College of Education Persistence Awards 20
44 Economics 19
45 Alumni Association Scholarship 19
46 Office of Student Research 18
47 Technology 18
48 Wonsook Kim School of Art 18
49 Educational Administration & Foundations 17
50 Kinesiology and Recreation 17
51 Social Work 16
52 Information Technology 16
53 CAST Connections 16
54 Black Colleagues Association Scholarship 16
55 International House 15
56 Marketing 14
57 Latinx Alumni Network Scholarship 14
58 Mathematics 14
59 Metcalf 14
60 English 14
61 Psychology 14
62 Honors Program 13
63 The Graduate School 13
64 Criminal Justice Sciences 11
65 Communication Sciences and Disorders 11
66 Creative Technologies Program 11
67 Pay it Forward Business Scholarship 10
68 Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 10
69 Management Majors 10
70 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 9
71 Military Science - ROTC 7
72 Physics 7
73 Sociology and Anthropology 7
74 Business Education 7
75 International Business 7
76 University Galleries 6
77 Friends of the Arts 5
78 Latin American and Latino/a Studies 4
79 Philosophy 3
80 Marian H. Dean Legacy Scholarship 2
Ended
$30,000
Hesterberg CAST Mission Complete Challenge
We are issuing our final challenge of the night. Keith ’93 and Beth Hesterberg challenge us to complete our Birds Give Back mission. They will add $30,000 to support the CAST student persistence when we receive another 250 gifts before midnight. Make your gift and spread the word to all your Redbird friends!
2,750 / 2,750 Gifts
Completed
2
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McLauchlan Student Research Matching Challenge
Redbird Craig McLauchlan wants to keep the momentum going as we support student research. He will match all gifts to the Student Research Fund up to a total of $3,000 today during Birds Give Back. If we successfully unlock his full challenge, we will have funded a total of four summer research experiences during Birds Give Back. Let’s do this!
$1,170 MATCHED
Ended
2
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President Kinzy Student Research Matching Challenge
President Kinzy wants to nurture the next generation of researchers. Today, during Birds Give Back, she will match gifts to the Student Research Fund up to a total of $3,000. If we max out her challenge, together we will fund summer research experiences for 2 Redbirds.
$1,170 MATCHED
Ended
$25,000
Reaching for 2,500 gifts!
Thank you to the 2,500 donors who unlocked $25,000 to keep momentum strong during Birds Give Back!
2,500 / 2,500 Gifts
Completed
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