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. International students can apply. First-year students are recommended to apply in their second semester.

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?

Students may apply at any point in the school year. We will facilitate the matching process throughout the fall and spring semesters.

How long must I participate in the program?

Mentors and mentees will decide on when their mentoring relationship begins and the length of time in the MUSE program. A minimum of one (1) year of participation is expected.

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 get to choose who I will be matched with?

To some extent, yes, as you will have a say in the qualities of your mentor or mentee, such as their year or research area. The matching process will be based on common research interests and the mentoring needs of both undergrads and grad students. Each grad student will be informed of potential matches. These grad students may then reach out to their matches for further discussion.

How will I know who will be my mentor or mentee?

Graduate students will be informed of their potential matches. They will be instructed to contact the undergraduate students and request access to the students’ resumes via Google Drive.

Do I have to submit multiple applications over multiple years?

If a student would like to participate in the program over multiple years, that student must submit one application for each respective application cycle.

For how long will my application be considered?

We perform the matching process on a first-come, first-serve basis. If a student remains unmatched after one round of matching, that student will remain in the candidate pool and will be considered with other grad students until the end of the application cycle in which he or she applied.