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Undergraduate Research (REACH – Research Enriched Academic Challenge)

  • The competitive program, open to all disciplines, offers 20 grant awards each year to students working on an independent research project with a faculty mentor. REACH also sponsors the University’s annual Undergraduate Research Forum, held in late March or early April, in which students present posters describing their research projects. We also publicize and promote other undergraduate research opportunities via the REACH website, by producing an informational brochure, and by publicizing an annual tabloid describing some of SIU’s many undergraduate research accomplishments and awards over the past year.
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  • Location: Student Services Building
  • Phone: 618.453.4540

University Honors Program

  • University Honors Program is a university-wide undergraduate program intended to reward SIU’s best students for their high academic achievements. We value community, diversity, leadership, services, lifelong learning, global awareness, and research, and are committed to providing both experience and opportunity to foster those values.
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  • Location: Morris Library, Room 110
  • Phone: 618.453.2121

Study Abroad

  • Where in the world can you find an SIU Saluki? Where can’t you? Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers study abroad programs from two weeks to an academic year all around the world with options for every student.
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  • Location: Northwest Annex B
  • Phone: 618.453.7670

Living Learning Communities

  • Living Learning Communities, or LLCs, offer students the chance to live with other students with whom they have something in common. Some LLCs are developed for students who share the same major, or majors within the same college. Other LLCs are designed for students who have a special interest outside of the classroom.
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  • Phone: 618.453.2301

McNair Scholars Program

  • The SIU Carbondale McNair Scholars Program helps students realize their full potential by providing enriching educational experiences for low-income, first-generation college students and members of underserved groups in higher education. Beginning with a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are fully supported and engaged in educational and professional development activities that lay the foundation for stellar research and academic skills. Our McNair Scholars Program promotes academic excellence, success in graduate school, and the achievement of a PhD – confirming there’s no such thing as too much ambition when it comes to educational goals.
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  • Location: Student Services
  • Phone: 618.453.4581