UIC is a leader in research

As Chicago’s only public research university, real-world problems are solved through innovation and discovery. Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago is re-shaping educational policy; developing cleaner, more sustainable energy; helping to make sense of today’s vast amounts of computer-generated data; and driving economic development by moving research to practical application. Outstanding programs range from the creation of new medical diagnostic techniques to understanding the Higgs boson. You will find opportunities to pursue your interests in depth with researchers on the cutting edge of discovery in the humanities, social sciences, natural and medical sciences and engineering.

Health sciences

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UIC is one of the nation’s top federally funded public research universities. Student and faculty investigators in UIC’s seven health sciences colleges work in an interdisciplinary research environment, with access to advanced research facilities, support for research design and data analysis, and a diverse patient population through the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.

From finding new ways to coax stem cells into blood vessels, to repairing damaged hearts, to showing how exposure to a common chemical in plastics increases the risk for prostate cancer, discoveries made at UIC lead to a better understanding of the world and contribute to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Student focus

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Teaching and research are a potent blend — one informs the other. Science is a process for learning about the world, not a list of facts to memorize. Researchers bring a deep understanding of the scientific enterprise and a sense of the wonder of discovery to the classroom.

UIC students have research opportunities that help them gain real-world experience in the classroom as they work side-by-side with federal grant-funded investigators.

Multidisciplinary research

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UIC researchers are developing new ideas every day to transform lives. With a wealth of knowledge in varied backgrounds, more can be accomplished when working together.

UIC supports multidisciplinary research in many ways. The Chancellor’s Discovery Fund provides up to $40,000 over a two-year period to support collaborations between emerging research leaders. The program advances new partnerships, furthers the careers of promising new investigators and creates initial data to submit to outside organizations for future research and funding.

UIC wants to assist multidisciplinary teams any way it can, and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research provides detailed information on external funding sources, such as listservs, weekly grant news, advice and analysis and upcoming deadlines.