Undergraduate Research


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Research Rookies

Huskie Research Rookies works to link students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project. As a Research Rookie, students will learn what research looks like in their field of study.  Students will also learn how to write a formal research proposal, gain experience working alongside talented faculty, attend professional and academic enrichment activities, present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day, and receive a $500 stipend at the end of the program in the spring.  It is the perfect way for highly motivated students to connect with one another as well as with supportive faculty and graduate students. 

This year, there are some exciting new developments within the Research Rookies program.  The program will expand from one cohort of students to three, which will consist of incoming freshmen, sophomore and transfer students, and continuing Research Rookies who participated last year.  Incoming freshmen will also have the opportunity to participate in a specialized section of UNIV 101 that has been reserved exclusively for Research Rookies.  There are limited spaces for Research Rookies, so apply early!

Recently, the Huskie Research Rookies program received its first significant gift from Jaymie and Harry Simmon who want to provide scholarship and program support for Research Rookies at NIU.