Summer Research Opportunities Program


Meet the 2015 SROP participants here!

Summer Research Opportunities Program 

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) gives NIU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct paid, faculty-mentored, research during the summer months. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are  encouraged to apply.

In SROP, students will: 

  • Learn what research looks like in their field of study
  • Learn how to write a formal research proposal
  • Gain experience working alongside talented faculty at NIU 
  • Attend professional and academic enrichment activities
  • Receive housing, meals, and a stipend (Please note: the on-campus residency portion of SROP is a requirement. SROP participants must live together in the residence hall for the duration of the program. No exceptions will be made.)

Program Expectations

  • Commit to full-time research (40+ hours/week)
  • Present at the Summer Research Symposium
  • Participate in supplemental activities (weekly workshops/meetings) to enhance their program experience
  • Communicate frequently with OSEEL staff and Faculty Mentor

SROP Eligibility

  • Full-time students enrolled at NIU
  • Sophomores (who have completed at least 3 semesters of college-level coursework), juniors, and seniors (who will not be graduating in the Spring or Summer of 2015)
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • Committed to participate in the program for 8 weeks (June 15 - August 7, 2015)
  • Declared major
  • NOT enrolled in summer courses and not employed at another job during SROP

Program Timeline

  • The application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM
  • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and end by late March
  • Participants will be notified of their acceptance by end of March 2015
  • Students will be active in their research from June 15 to August 7, 2015

For more details about the Summer Research Opportunities Program, see the SROP Information link under Other Information. Contact the OSEEL staff at or 815-753-8154 with any further questions.

2015 Program Info

Other Information

For students interested in participating in research off-campus over the summer, please visit our Other Summer Opportunities page.