Research

URAP

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

 

***IMPORTANT: Students can learn about eligibility and apply for URAP positions here***

The college is once again pleased to invite students and faculty to participate in a college-wide Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) for the Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015 semesters. 

Through this program, faculty engage undergraduates in their research through one-to-one mentorships that stimulate student interest in pursuing graduate education.

The college and university have a strong interest in engaged learning activities. Undergraduate participation in research is one of the central elements of engaged learning. This program is designed to encourage a broader involvement of students and faculty not only within a given major, but also, where appropriate, to encourage and support mentorships that involve faculty members with qualified, highly motivated students outside the major.

The goals of this program are:

  • to create and expand opportunities for undergraduates and faculty to work as collaborators in the search for knowledge; to involve students in the creation of that knowledge; and to celebrate the accomplishment of undergraduate researchers.
  • to create a better understanding of what faculty do and why they do it.
  • to foster critical thinking and active learning through the greatest resource of this university:
    the programs of scholarly endeavor that come from research-active faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • to further demonstrate and reinforce the synergistic relationship between teaching and scholarship.

Important Dates

Jan. 24          Faculty submit proposals to department chair
Jan. 31 Chairs submit URAP proposals to ugresearch@niu.edu
March 31 Approval received 
Apr. 7-11 URAP proposal topics posted online (CLAS & OSEEL website) Students will also be reached by email
Apr. 21
Student deadline to submit URAP applications
Apr. 28 Student applications forwarded to faculty
May 16 Student/Faculty contracts due