Summer Research Opportunities Program


The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2015.

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. The program gives participants the chance to develop personally, academically, and professionally through a variety of workshops, field trips, and activities.

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 and will not be waived. SROP participants must live together in the residence hall for the duration of the program. No exceptions will be made.)

Program Expectations

All research is substantive, requiring full-time commitment of the student (40 hours/week).  In conjunction with the requirements of the faculty mentors, all participants are required to make a final presentation at the Summer Research Symposium.  Students participate in supplemental activities (weekly workshops/meetings) to enhance their program experience and preparation for graduate school. Students participating in SROP cannot take summer classes or work at another position during the program.

SROP Eligibility

Admission to SROP will be offered on a competitive basis to those individuals who, at the application deadline:

  • Are full-time students enrolled at NIU
  • Are 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)
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher
  • Are committed to participate in the program for 8 weeks (June 15 - August 7, 2015)
  • Have declared a major
  • Student is NOT enrolled in summer courses, or intending to hold a job during SROP

Faculty Mentor Roles and Responsibilities

Faculty mentors overseeing SROP students are expected to:

  • Meet with SROP student at regularly scheduled times to plan research/artistry project.
  • Provide clear communication about the expectations of the project activities and your style of interaction.
  • Assist student with identifying research articles and related resources.
  • Provide honest, encouraging feedback to the student about progress.
  • Assist the student with preparation of project materials for presentation.
  • Attend the Summer Research Symposium.
  • Notify OSEEL staff of any problems in the mentoring relationship.

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 mid to 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.


Students will be awarded a $3,500 stipend.  All program participants will be required to live in assigned, on-campus housing.  The program will cover all expenses for room and board (double occupancy). Interviews for SROP positions will be conducted on a rolling admission, based on when the students application is submitted (interviews will be completed by March 27, 2015). Students admitted to SROP will be notified at the end of March 2015.

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2015. 

Program Info

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