Engaging Chicago through Research

Chicago Studies supports undergraduate research on Chicago, connecting students from any discipline with community partners and datasets from across the city, research mentors from across the University's divisions and academic centers, and supplemental advising about developing and executing collaborative or participatory engaged research projects in Chicago's diverse communities. We also host an annual Chicago-focused BA Thesis colloquium, award an annual undergraduate research prize, maintain a Chicago data repository (in collaboration with UChicago Library), and publish the prestigious Chicago Studies Annual to anthologize each year's best undergraduate research on the city.

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Apply for the Chicago Studies annual undergraduate research prize!

The Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize recognizes the breadth of high-quality, original research that undergraduates produce each year in BA thesis colloquia and seminars.  To be accepted for consideration, submissions must be based upon original research and accepted as a component of an undergraduate degree program (including minors and College-sponsored certificates such as the Chicago Studies Certificate).

The recipient of the Prize will receive a cash award of $500 and automatic acceptance for publication in the 2021 Chicago Studies Annual. The deadline for student self-submissions is 11:59 PM CDT on Monday, May 10, 2021. Faculty (advisors, undergraduate program directors, and thesis readers) may nominate student work until 11:59 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Advising & Resources

Chicago Studies collaborates with content experts across campus, at UChicago Library (see their new VIDEO GUIDES below), and around the city to support and preserve College student research on Chicago. Whether you're looking for interesting research questions or unexplored data, trying to identify external collaborators in or access a special collection about your favorite topic, or just hoping to share your finished research with a broader public, Chicago Studies can help.

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Explore Chicago Datasets with UChicago Library

SHORT video introductions to key Chicago resources from UChicago content experts!

Learn more about researching Chicago in our new podcast "Research in the Time of COVID"

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