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Other Research Opportunities

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Student Engagement Fund (SEF) provides an opportunity for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty members on their cutting-edge research projects. The program is designed to stimulate awareness of advanced research and interest in graduate study.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

  • Engineering Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (EURA) Program was created to attract undergraduate students toward engineering research. Specifically, EURA provides Engineering and Technology students an opportunity to closely work with CEET faculty on exciting research projects so as to expand their domain of knowledge and skills.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

    Undergraduate Artistry and Research Apprenticeship Program (UARAP) allows faculty to engage undergraduates in their artistic and other scholarly activities in one-on-one mentorships and stimulate student interest in understanding professional practice and its relationship to graduate study.

Other NIU Opportunities

  • PROMISE Scholars is a campus-wide initiative for new freshmen and sophomore students enrolled in a STEM major or undecided about their major choice. PROMISE Scholars will participate in a summer pre-college program, STEM Learning Communities, research and peer opportunities with faculty and students, and career readiness activities with national corporations.
  • EYE (Enhance Your Education) Grant offers University Honors students the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in funding to support travel, supplies, and other costs associated with the University Honors Capstone, study abroad programs, Honors-related research and artistry endeavors, and other appropriate educational activities.
  • McKearn Fellows is a four-year program that provides ten of NIU’s top students with a transformative academic and engaged learning experience that will lay a solid foundation for future success and lifelong learning. The program encompasses three modules: 1) research and artistry design; 2) leadership development; and 3) civic, social, and global engagement. This program cultivates students with a strong commitment to academic and personal excellence that have a demonstrated record of engagement in research/artistry, leadership, and/or civic, social, and global engagement.
  • University Honors Scholars is program that seeks to enable a select number of academically distinguished students to complete an outstanding University Honors Capstone project during their senior year. It provides University Honors students with the time, financial support, and faculty mentoring to pursue in-depth, meaningful research and artistry related to the University Honors Capstone in the summer between their junior and senior years. The summer research or artistry project is intended to create a solid foundation for the Honors Capstone. Scholars hold the prestigious title “University Honors Scholar” during their senior year.
  • Honors Research and Artistry Assistants (HRAA) is a program that will allow high-achieving students to have a transformative academic and engaged learning experience working side-byside with a faculty member to develop skills in a field of study and lay a solid foundation for future academic success and life-long learning. Students will learn basic artistry and research skills, ideas, and approaches while working as a part of a faculty member’s project. They also undertake tasks and demonstrate the value of collaboration. Faculty projects are selected based on their potential interest and value to students who are just starting out in the realms of artistry and research. Students are selected on the basis of their strong academic achievements and their demonstrated record of or potential for engagement in research and artistry, leadership, and/ or civic, social and global engagement.

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