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Research and Scholarship

Graduate students are expected to be familiar with University policies regarding academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research. All research involving human subjects (including course projects, capstone projects, master’s theses, and independent student research) must be formally reviewed and approved before any data are collected. Graduate student research must be formally supervised by a full-time UIS faculty or staff member. Students who collect data without obtaining the requisite approvals will not be allowed to use the data to fulfill degree requirements.

Research protocols should be submitted to Mail Stop PAC 525, Attention Kathleen Furr. The level of review required of each protocol (exempt, expedited, or full IRB review) will be determined by the UIS Human Subjects Review Officer. More information about required research reviews can be found on the UIS Grants & Contracts web site.

Sources of Funding

Students are encouraged to discuss research and conference presentation costs and potential sources of funding with their faculty advisors. Depending on the nature and scope of the research, you may wish to consider the availability of external grant opportunities as a source of possible support. Information about grant programs and grant-writing resources are available on the UIS Grants & Contracts web site.

Limited funding may also be available through the Academic Department, College Dean’s Office, and Office of Student Life to help students defray costs directly associated with approved research or with conference presentations based on student scholarship or research.

UIS Science Research Symposium

The UIS Science Research Symposium is an annual event open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in applied or theoretical research. It was established to facilitate student interest in research, encourage scientific dialogue on campus, and raise awareness of university sponsored research endeavors in the central Illinois region. Poster and paper presentations by students are encouraged, and prizes are awarded for best work.

Graduate Student Recognition

Each academic year, all graduate departments offering master’s degree programs are invited to nominate one of their master’s candidates for departmental recognition, as well as for the UIS Outstanding Master’s Thesis or Project Award.

A special reception honoring all departmental nominees and their faculty mentors is held early in the spring semester. The thesis chosen as the campus’ Outstanding Master’s Thesis is forwarded to the Midwest Association of Graduate School’s (MAGS) annual Outstanding Master’s Thesis competition.