The Graduate College is committed to fostering an inclusive graduate community at Illinois. Diversity among our graduate community ensures more voices in shaping transformative knowledge and creative expression. We offer a number of programs and resources for prospective, newly admitted, and current graduate students from U.S. populations underrepresented in graduate study.
Resources for Students
SROP at Illinois offers undergraduates an opportunity to explore careers in research. SROP helps students strengthen their knowledge, skills, and understanding of graduate school through a paid, eight-week research and mentoring program. SROP at Illinois attracts talented undergraduates from institutions across the U.S. and its territories.
COS introduces newly admitted graduate students to their graduate program, to prospective students in other units, and to current Illinois graduate students across campus. Occurring over a three-day period, these interactions enable admitted students to gain a stronger sense of the dynamic community of underrepresented scholars on our campus.
SPI provides incoming graduate students with a paid, eight-week orientation and research experience during the summer prior to the start of their graduate program. Students participate in a series of seminars on research methods and work with a faculty mentor in their department.
Grad Mentoring @ Illinois is a mentoring network that promotes successful academic and career outcomes for traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority graduate students. The program matches students with faculty and facilitates relationships for students that go beyond their academic advisors.