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Competitions Government Challenges, Your Solutions is a listing of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 100 agencies across federal government. These problem-solving events include idea, creative, technical and scientific competitions in which U.S. federal agencies invite the public’s help to solve perplexing mission-centric problems. Learn more.


Join mHUB Chicago for their annual crappy robot competition! Builders of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels are welcome to compete in a fun, fast-paced afternoon of building and battling robots. Build with a team, as an individual, or just come to watch the competition! We will provide the materials to build your robot, so all you need to bring is your imagination, a positive attitude and a competitive spirit! Learn more.


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD)

Deadline: May/June 2017
MWRD's Internship Program offers both paid and unpaid internship positions. While the main focus is on wastewater management, there are opportunities to gain knowledge and practical experience in a wide range of functions in each department. Learn more.

Research Opportunities

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Deadline: Multiple opportunities with various deadlines.
The National Science Foundation oversees the REU program, which offers stipends supporting student research at universities nationwide, including Illinois Tech. Learn more.

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Deadline: The application deadline has passed for 2017. Check back for updates on this annual program.
The RISE program offers bachelor’s-level students from the United States, Canada, and the U.K. who are studying in science and engineering fields the opportunity to participate in research in Germany. Learn more.

Pathways to Science

Deadline: Multiple opportunites with various deadlines.
The Institute for Broadening Participation connects interested undergraduate and graduate students, especially underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields with paid research and internship opportunities through its Pathways to Science program. Learn more.

NIST SURF Research Program

Deadline: The application deadline has passed for 2017. Check back for updates on this annual program.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology oversees the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Universities can recommend students studying science, engineering, and mathematics to conduct research as part of this initiative. Learn more.


Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship

Deadline: July 7, 2017 at 5 pm
The Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) Scholar Program provides a limited number of scholarships to minority undergraduates at Illinois Tech who are currently working on a research project and have declared a STEM major. The scholarship intent is to support processes and factors embedded in undergraduate research in order to promote baccalaureate attainment, preparation for graduate study, and preparation for successful careers. Learn more. 

Internal Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech offers financial aid and scholarship support– 97 percent of students receive some type of financial aid, whether it be need-based, merit-based, or both. There are also scholarship opportunities that can cover most of your college expenses. Learn more.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Illinois Tech is committed to helping students secure additional funding from outside sources. The office of Financial Aid regularly adds outside scholarships to our Scholarship Opportunities spreadsheet. Learn more.

Workshops, Seminars, & Entrepreneurship Events

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Additional Graduate Fellowship and Scholarships

To view graduate student research and fellowship opportunities, click here.