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Campus Programs | STEM Education Research Center | SIU

Campus Programs

Enrichment and Research Opportunities

SIU offers exciting opportunities for undergraduate students willing to go beyond their academic course work, from participation in university honors programs, to mentoring and grant-funded research opportunities, to scholarships and fellowships, and graduate assistantships. Listed below is a summary of undergraduate enrichment and research opportunities with links to the programs’ websites.

Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR)

Provides funds on a competitive basis for high-achieving freshmen interested in conducting research and learning more about their intended major. Working with a faculty mentor, students plan a research project in fall semester to be carried out the following spring.

View the OSPA website for more information.

Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP)

The ILSAMP program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of underrepresented students successfully completing baccalaureate degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines. Eligible SIU undergraduates are invited to apply for support through the ILSAMP program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Funds may be provided on a competitive basis for students to conduct research and attend professional meetings.

The ILSAMP program also sponsors professional enrichment activities throughout the academic year. Applications are accepted each semester. For more information, please go to ILSAMP.

Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP)

MEDPREP is a two-year post-baccalaureate program for socio-economically or educationally disadvantaged students at SIU. It provides an environment in which students can hone their test-taking skills and enhance their academic record with the goal of matriculating in a Medical or Dental School. If you are interested in applying to MEDPREP, please visit the MEDPREP website to determine if the program is right for you.

McNair Scholars

The SIU Carbondale McNair Scholars Program helps students realize their full potential by providing enriching educational experiences for low-income, first-generation college students and members of undeserved groups in higher education. Beginning with a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are fully supported and engaged in educational and professional development activities that lay the foundation for stellar research and academic skills.

Our McNair Scholars Program promotes academic excellence, success in graduate school, and the achievement of a PhD – confirming there is no such thing as too much ambition when it comes to educational goals.

For more information about the benefits, responsibilities, and application process, please visit the McNair Scholars website.

Research Enriched Academic Challenge (REACH)

The REACH (Research Enriched Academic Challenge) Awards give full-time undergraduate students at SIU the opportunity gain real-world experience in their research/creative field of interest. The awards are granted based on the evaluation of the applications by a panel composed of experts from a broad range of academic backgrounds.

If selected, students can receive up to $2,000 and an assistantship that will pay for the student to work up to 10 hours per week on their project. Teams can receive an additional $500 per additional team member.

To be eligible students must be a Sophomore or higher with a GPA of at least 2.8.


For more information about program eligibility, deadlines and guidelines, please visit the REACH website.

Saluki Scholars

The Office of Major Scholarship Advisement (OMSA) provides information, advice, and support for SIU honor students interested in pursuing major nationally competitive major scholarships and fellowships. OMSA scholarships typically require a minimum overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher. To become a major scholarship candidate students must complete a preliminary Honors Program application.

For more information, please go to OMSA.

Undergraduate Assistantships (UGA)

The Undergraduate Assistantship (UGA) Program provides a unique opportunity for students. The program offers on-campus, research and/or creative activity opportunities for SIU undergraduate students. Students selected for an Undergraduate Assistantship are able to work directly with a faculty member or professional level staff member in a project that leads to a poster or oral presentation at the Annual Research and Creative Activity Forum on Campus in April. Students should spend 10-20 hours per week working on the project and are paid approximately $10/hour. Positions are available for the fall and spring semesters. The UGA Program is not usually funded during the summer term.

For more information, please visit the UGA website.

University Honors Program (UHP)

University Honors Program (UHP) is a university-wide undergraduate program intended to reward SIU's best students for their high academic achievements. We value community, diversity, leadership, service, lifelong learning, global awareness and research, and are committed to providing both experience and opportunity to foster those values.

The heart of the UHP is its small classes, unique in character and specially created for UHP students by outstanding UHP faculty to satisfy requirements of the University Core Curriculum as well as in the student's major. We provide a taste of the private college experience at a state university price.

For more information, please visit UHP.