Join the lab

Graduate Students

Please keep in mind that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a highly competitive university and that you must be accepted to the graduate program PRIOR to joining our lab.

  • Required:
    • Acceptance to MS, MS/Ph.D., or Ph.D. programs in the Grainger College of Engineering or Neuroscience
    • Excellent communication and technical writing skills
  • Applicants from historically underrepresented groups in STEM (women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, US ethnic/racial minorities as defined by the NIH) and US citizens/permanent residents are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Students

HDCL provides rich opportunities for undergraduates who are passionate about exploring the scientific frontier. Under the guidance of graduate students, students have the chance to actively participate in ongoing projects, contributing to real-world applications and honing their skills in a collaborative environment. Additionally, we also extend an invitation to those interested in becoming participants in our various studies (see ‘Participate in our research study‘).

PURE and RADWear projects are not currently accepting undergraduate students for the Spring Semester 2024. However, if you are interested in participating in future semesters, we encourage you to leave your information through the application link provided below. We appreciate your interest and look forward to the possibility of working with you in the future!

Please do NOT directly email Professor Hsiao-Wecksler for undergraduate research opportunities. Instead, please apply here to become a part of our dynamic research team for Spring 2024 and Fall 2024, and an HDCL graduate student will be in touch with you shortly.

Special Announcement: PURE team will be conducting human subject experiments on our rideable self-balancing wheelchair called PURE, where the semi- and fully-autonomous capabilities of the device will be tested while navigating through different test courses. We are looking for two volunteer undergraduate research assistants to help with the following tasks for an upcoming human subject experiments in Summer 2024. The position will be unpaid and from 15 June – 15 September. Interested applicants must fill out our online form  and contact graduate student, Mahshid Mansouri at

Undergraduates interested in helping out in the HDCL should also satisfy the following 3 criteria:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.4
  • Available to volunteer for 10-12 hrs/week
  • Available for at least two semesters (or one semester and summer)