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Research Centers & Institutes
Celebrating the impact of your generosity
The idea for our institutes started more than 35 years ago at the Beckman Institute, with a bold vision to bring researchers from different disciplines together and see what happens! Since then, we’ve set the standard for interdisciplinary research that addresses global challenges. Ten campus-wide institutes transcend college, school, and departmental boundaries to elevate ideas, drive discovery, and push the limits of our knowledge. We are enormously grateful for the leadership generosity that has taken shape through the With Illinois campaign. Without critical support from our visionary benefactors, it would have been difficult to dream big dreams, achieve transformative research advances, and build on that success to create a bright future for humanity!
Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation
Stephen G. Sligar Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor of Biochemistry
With Illinois Impact
As we mark the end of the With Illinois Campaign, Research Centers & Institutes has been transformed by donor support.
248025041 Dollars Raised
57986721 Largest Single Gift
1137 Gifts of $100 and Under
25 New Funds Supporting Scholarships, Fellowships, and Faculty Positions
Donors from 43 States and 18 Countries
With Illinois Highlights
Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.
Changes in brain infrastructure are inherited, impact cognitive function
Researchers at the Beckman Institute used a large-scale functional MRI dataset to show that the ways in which neural connectivity across distant brain regions spontaneously reconfigures may be inherited from generation to generation. Their findings provide insight into why cognitive abilities differ between individuals. Read more.
Beckman Institute announces 2022 fellowship, award recipients
Through the generosity of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, Carle Health, and the families of Erik Haferkamp, Nadine Barrie Smith, and Thomas Huang, the Beckman Institute provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue extraordinary, interdisciplinary research. Eleven students have been selected to receive 2022 Beckman Institute fellowships and awards. To learn more about the recipients and their work, read more.
Madhu Khanna Named Director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
“I am delighted to lead iSEE to foster broad participation in interdisciplinary research in sustainability on campus to tackle some of the most wicked sustainability challenges that confront us in the 21st century as well as to offer opportunities for students to develop environmental leadership skills,” Khanna said. “We aim to position campus to play a transformative role in moving us all to a more sustainable future.” Read more.
2022 Prizes for Research in the Humanities Announced
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of HRI’s Prizes for Research in the Humanities! These prizes recognize outstanding humanities research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Read more.
Faculty prizes: Winner Elizabeth Massa Hoiem (Information Sciences); Honorable Mention Makoto Harris Takao (Music).
Graduate prizes: Winners Ana Lisa Eberline (Communication), Tiffany Octavia Harris (Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership/Gender and Women’s Studies); Honorable Mention Megan Cole (English)
With Illinois Moments
Take a look at a few of the moments that have shaped the culture and character of Research Centers & Institutes during the With Illinois Campaign.
University of Illinois biomolecular engineering students work at creating a gelatin conjugate that mimics brain tissue in order to culture brain cancer cells as she works with a team to battle glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer. The work was being done in a biomaterials lab at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.
Riders from the 2019 Illini 4000 team arrive at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Day 18 of their cross country ride from New York City to San Francisco. The riders are raising funds for cancer causes, but say just as important is their work documenting the American cancer experience through their Portraits Project. Many of the 17 riders said they joined to honor someone in their lives who have travelled their own cancer journey. The team arrived on the outskirts of town, made a pilgrimage to visit Alma, and then received a heroes welcome at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. The ride had two experienced lead riders, joined by 15 rookie riders.
The I-FARM testbed will feature under-canopy autonomous robotic solutions for cover-crop planting.
ISTC engineer Paul Nielsen stands beside the biphasic solvent system at the Abbott Power Plant.
Researchers work in their lab at Beckman Institute using equipment that allows a high-intensity focused ultrasound sonification of mechanoluminescent elastomer that produces a blue light with a high degree of spatiotemporal control. The ultrasound-activated synthetic molecule process could then be used to emit light deep inside biologic tissue for a variety of medical uses and therapies.
NCSA Executive Associate Director for Engagement John Towns, Associate Director for User Services Laura T. Herriott, Senator Dick Durbin, NSF Director Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Associate Director for Integrated Cyberinfrastructure Amy Schuele, and Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Susan Martinis at the NSF Awards Announcement on April 22.
General Education Assembly on Learning Outcomes discussion of Advanced Composition, Cultural Studies, and Humanities and Arts.
Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz share the University’s passion to deepen the connection between science and society, and made a significant gift during the With Illinois Campaign to see their vision through. Read more.
University of Illinois president emeritus, Stan Ikenberry, and his wife Judy were inspired by the Beckman Institute’s Café renovation concept: an investment they see keeping Illinois and the Beckman Institute at its best. Read more.
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