FAQs

  • Who can apply to the MUSE program?
    • Any undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can apply to the program. First-year students (rising sophomores) and international students can apply.
  • What do I need to apply?
    • You will need to submit your resume/curriculum vitae and complete the online information sheet.
  • When is the application period?
    • We recruit participants in the spring term for the next academic year of participation.
  • How long must I participate in the program?
    • You are expected to participate in the program for one academic year (fall to spring semesters).
  • Will I work on a research project?
    • Depending on the information submitted by the graduate student mentors, undergraduate students may be given research projects to work on.
  • Do I need to attend the speed mentoring event?
    • We encourage undergrads and grad students to attend the speed mentoring event as this is an opportunity to get to talk to your potential mentors/mentees to help you decide on who to be paired with.
  • Do I get to choose who I will be matched with?
    • To some extent, yes, as you will have a say in who you would like to be matched with. The matching process will be based on common research interests and the mentoring needs of both undergrads and grad students. Each participant will be informed of potential matches. During the speed mentoring event, each participant will rate potential matches from 0 to 4, where 4 indicates an excellent match. Ratings of 3-3, 3-4, or 4-4 will help determine final matches.
  • How will I know who will be my mentor or mentee?
    • Students who attended the speed mentoring event will be informed of their final matches by email based on the mentor-mentee ratings. Pairs with 4-4 ratings will be given priority.