Military Service Knowledge Collaborative

Research is the creation and sharing of knowledge. Military service members, veterans, and family members have a wealth of knowledge about experiences during and after military service. At the University of Illinois, our mission is to work with Military and Veteran communities to create, share, and apply research in continued service to those who have served our nation.

Since its opening in the Fall of 2015, the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education has provided an array of comprehensive and integrated academic support services to military-connected students on campus. We are now working diligently to merge research and services through creating and implementing a Military Service Knowledge Collaborative at the Center.

The mission of our Military Service Knowledge Collaborative (MSKC) is to bring together Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families with researchers and community stakeholders to create, share, and apply research that positively impacts well-being and quality of life during and after military service.

The overarching objectives of the MSKC are to:

  1. Motivate and provide opportunities for Military/Veteran community stakeholders to influence, engage, and participate in research in ways that can directly benefit them and the Military/Veteran communities they belong to.
  2. Equip researchers with tools and support to effectively recruit and collaboratively engage with Military/Veteran populations throughout the research process.
  3. Engage military-connected students in research experiences that advance their skillsets and inspire motivation to create and share knowledge that positively impacts their communities.

Membership in the MSKC is divided into four groups with each group receiving tailored benefits. Click on the links below to find out more and sign up!

I am a community veteran, service member, and/or military family member

I represent a community organization/corporation that serves Military/Veteran populations

I am a UIUC military-connected student

I am a UIUC researcher