Student Resources

Student inventors are core to SIU’s innovation community, driving creativity and entrepreneurship on campus, within the Southern Illinois region, and across the world. SIU is committed to ensuring that our student innovators have access to both the academic and practical tools they need for long-term success. Various resources are identified by campus below.

SIU Carbondale Campus

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

This program helps to connect students with faculty researchers and creative professionals for hands-on experience in their chosen field. CURCA manages a number of student research programs, including REACH, ILSAMP, McNair Scholars, and Saluki Rookies.

Saluki Entrepreneur Corps

This Registered Student Organization (RSO) draws together student entrepreneurs from across all majors to develop business skills, learn from experts in the College of Business and the Illinois Small Business Development Center, and gain real-life work experience.

Saluki Innovation Series

New in 2015, the Saluki Innovation Series provides students with a year of opportunities to hone their business and entrepreneurial skills through seminars, competitions, and other events. Annual events include seminars on customer discovery and marketing, a 3D printing event (MakeSI), coding competition (HackSI), and filmmaking event (TakeSI), and the Elevator Pitch Competition.

Saluki Ventures

This business incubator provides students with training, mentorship, consulting services, networking opportunities and office/innovation space to start and grow their business. Saluki Ventures is designed to nurture entrepreneurship while accommodating the demands of full-time enrollment at SIU Carbondale.

University Innovation Fellows

The University Innovation Fellows Program is a national group of students dedicated to ensuring that higher education provides adequate preparation to succeed in the evolving economy. Two SIU students were accepted into this selective program in 2015.

SIU Edwardsville Campus

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Program

This program helps to connect students with faculty researchers and creative professionals for hands-on experience in their chosen field.

SIU School of Medicine (Springfield) Campus

Center for Clinical Research

This centralized infrastructure provides shared, flexible administrative services to support student and faculty researchers. The Center provides training to researchers, helps to facilitate clinical trials, and also collaborates with Washington University in St. Louis to administer a program to reduce disparities in rural cancer health.