Conferences & Funding

These conferences and funding opportunities for undergraduate research may be of interest to MCL participants or to UIC students in general. (If you organize a program or event that you would like to see featured here, please contact

Undergraduate Research Funding

LASURI (1 March 2017). The Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative is an annual competitive grant from UIC’s LAS for undergraduates working on a semester or year-long research project with a faculty sponsor. Applications usually open in January and are due around 1 March for the following academic year. The funding provides a $1250 award per semester for the student and $1000 per year for the faculty sponsor. Open to UIC students in the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


SRF (Spring 2018). UIC’s Student Research Forum is organized by a group of UIC students every April and is open to undergraduates in all areas. It is a fantastic venue to present your research. Deadlines will be announced in the spring term.

YMC (August 11-13 2017). The Young Mathematicians Conference takes place at The Ohio State University every year. Accepted students receive full travel support. The application process to present is competitive. Applications for this summer’s conference are not yet open.

UMS (Fall 2017). The Undergraduate Mathematics Symposium is organized by UIC faculty every fall. The symposium features several outside speakers giving talks for undergraduate students, and it provides students with an opportunity to present their own work. This year’s conference has not yet been announced.

CASSC (Spring 2018). The Chicago Area SIAM Student Conference is a collaborative effort of the UIC, Northwestern, and IIT SIAM chapters. The 2018 conference has not yet been announced.

AMS Sectional Meetings. Each year there are two AMS meetings in the Central Section, one in the fall and one in the spring. These meetings often have posters sessions where undergraduate research is presented.