As a biology student at Illinois, you will learn inside and outside of the classroom. Knowledgeable and supportive advisors are here to connect you with exciting research, study abroad, internship, and volunteer opportunities.
As an undergraduate researcher, you could conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as cancer, climate change, infectious diseases, and much more.
SIB and MCB students can earn course credit and a grade for their contributions to the lab. Research could involve tasks such as collecting data in the field to doing experiments in the lab. It may involve assisting a faculty member, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student.
Neha Arun shares her experiences working as an undergraduate researcher in professor Collin Kieffer's lab, as well as a look at life outside the lab.
MCB graduate Peter Kolyvas reflects on his experience participating in undergraduate research while he was a student at the University of Illinois.
We offer several outstanding study abroad programs developed specifically for biology majors. Several programs feature unique opportunities, such as shadowing physicians or working in research labs. Courses are guaranteed to count toward your major. With proper planning, you can participate in one or two semesters abroad and graduate on time.
An internship can be transformational learning experience, introducing you to career opportunities, building connections to people in your interested field, and expanding your professional development skills. Defined as any practical experience related to your career goals, an internship can be paid or unpaid. Sometimes, you are able to earn academic credit. Create a profile in Handshake to learn about career fairs and internship opportunities.
Illinois encourages students to donate their time and volunteer for the university and local communities. Many health-related graduate programs require volunteer work, community service, and clinical experience. The Office of Civic Life on campus pairs students with opportunities where they can gain invaluable experience through public engagement. Additionally, we have relationships with two area hospitals, Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF Healthcare, where students can volunteer and earn patient contact hours. Students who enjoy working with children might consider volunteering at the Crisis Nursery. Talk with your advisor about other opportunities that might fit your interests and goals.