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Now Accepting Summer 2017 Armour R&D Proposals

Armour College of Engineering (ACE) is pleased to announce the Summer 2017 request for Armour R&D project proposals as part of the ACE Distinctive Education Initiative. The Summer 2017 Armour R&D program will run from May 22, 2017 to July 14, 2017.

Armour R&D offers two project tracks: Program for Undergraduate Research Education (PURE) and Mentored INovation and Development (MIND).

PURE is a collaborative effort involving ACE Faculty, the Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER), the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, and the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). Students selected to participate in this program will have an opportunity to work with an ACE Faculty mentor on a fundamental engineering research project, gain valuable research experience, and receive a stipend.

MIND is an expansion of PURE to bring discovery to practice. MIND focuses on the development and implementation of technology to address contemporary challenges improving and impacting mankind and the environment. This program is about the development of technology based on research findings, rather than the execution of basic research. We encourage Faculty and students to participate in this program to explore new applications of ongoing research and/or work towards the utilization of innovative technology.

Participation in these activities will be recognized in a student's Engineering Portfolio. Research and development activities should be focused on one or more of the IIT Engineering Themes: Water, Energy, Health and Security.

SUmmer 2017 Options

Students participating in Armour R&D can work on projects at 20 or 40 hours per week. The project description should be consistent with that level of effort. Participants are compensated for their work in the lab at the normal student worker pay rate.


Students participating in these programs must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Prepare a final report that describes results from the research. The report is due the last day of the research period (July 28, 2017).
  • Participate in specific Expos in which students present a poster of their research findings
    • Armour R&D Summer Research Immersion Expo in July
    • 4th Annual Armour R&D Expo to be held in early April 2018
    • Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS) to be held in late April 2018
  • Submit a paper to the IIT UG Research Journal. The Faculty advisor is expected to mentor the students in the preparation of the poster and paper.

Please note that any future Armour R&D awards are contingent on your adherence to these requirements.

Application Process

Summer 2017 applications are limited to student/faculty teams whose applications clearly indicate established communication and a well-developed research plan. For student/faculty teams which have previously participated in (and received funding from) this program, matching funds from the research laboratory may be required.

A PURE Armour R&D Application can be downloaded here.

A MIND Armour R&D Application can be downloaded here.

Important Dates

Armour R&D applications will be accepted from April 2, 2017 through April 10, 2017 at 5 pm Central. Applications received outside of this application window will not be considered for the Summer 2017 session.

Award decisions will be announced by April 17, 2017. Student/faculty teams should be prepared to begin to use the funds on May 22, 2017. Funds that are not spent before the end of the spring term will no longer be available.