About the journal

Scope & Function

ILSURJ is an annually published multidisciplinary journal publishing the peer-reviewed research in all fields of study at the University of Illinois on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance, and surprising conclusions. ILSURJ also provides insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting academics and the wider public.

ILSURJ’s Mission Statement

Our goal is to build bridges between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty among varying disciplines, and the public. Through our peer-edited, faculty-reviewed electronic and print publications, we strive to develop and display the work produced by our high-achieving undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines in the spirit of development towards professional research. We aim to inspire interest in research and individual curiosity throughout the student body, faculty, and surrounding community.

It all started in the halls of Altgeld…

History of ILSURJ

The original inspiration for ILSURJ blossomed in the warm mathematics library at Altgeld Hall. The journal is a testament to the evolving landscape of academic publishing and the commitment of the University of Illinois to fostering student research and scholarly engagement. While it may not hold the distinction of being the university’s first journal, ILSURJ stands out as a pioneering endeavor in the realm of student-led, multidisciplinary research publications.

ILSURJ is the first of its kind at the University of Illinois to develop a model that gives freedom of publication to students studying any subject. Through partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), it has solidified itself as the official Illinois publication and will continue to enhance the prominence of undergraduate research in the coming years.