why Support PURE?

Our goal is to provide research experience to exceptional and motivated underclassmen in all areas of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As participants in the PURE program, undergraduate mentees are paired with graduate mentors for a semester-long research project, culminating in a university-wide research symposium to showcase their work. The research that is done as part of the program encompasses a wide variety of engineering fields and involves all engineering majors.

While the work being done is diverse, the quality of work and the excitement with which it is done by both undergraduate and graduate students are universal. As one of the most selective organizations within UIUC, PURE attracts the brightest students entering the college’s engineering program. We see this program as a direct pathway for motivated and excited students to be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking at a young stage in their undergraduate careers.

How Can You Support PURE?

Resume Book ($250): ​We can provide you with access to electronic copies of our graduate and undergraduate members.

 Share Opportunities with Our Students ($250): We are happy to help you advertise career opportunities to our students through our fliers and email newsletters.

Information Sessions and Tech Talks ($1000): ​Share information about your company, recent technological advances, or career opportunities with our students. These sessions are typically held in the evening for around one hour. The sponsorship includes advertising and building use costs.

Sponsor the Research Symposium ($1000): The culminative event of the year sees our mentees presenting their semester-long work in a conference-like event at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Atrium. Logos will be placed on all consumer-facing materials, and you will give a talk at our end-of-program awards ceremony.

Workshops and Hackathons (Cost Varies): ​Looking for a specific skill in new hires? Consider sponsoring our technical workshops, where we teach students current software, hardware, engineering, and business concepts. You can also sponsor hackathons, where students try and solve technical challenges of a company’s choosing.