Research Rookies


The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Research Rookies Program.

Meet the class of 2014-2015 Research Rookies

Research Rookies links undergraduate first-year, sophomore, and first-semester transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project. The Research Rookies Program is open to students from all colleges, departments, and majors. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

As a Research Rookie, 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
  • Attend professional and academic enrichment activities
  • Present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day
  • Receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the program

Participating in Research Rookies is the perfect way for highly motivated students to connect with one another as well as with supportive faculty and staff.

For more information on the Research Rookies Program, please email or call (815)-753-8156.

Simmon Scholars

Double Huskies Jaymie and Harry Simmon were inspired by some of our best and brightest when they attended Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day in 2011. They viewed more than 120 student presentations, including several from participants in the Research Rookies Program. They were so impressed with the students’ work and the Rookies Program, they were inspired to help.

As a result of that visit, they made a significant gift to provide scholarship and program support for five students from a STEM or health field. Simmon Scholar students are awarded this honor for their academic performance and commitment to the Research Rookies Program.

For the 2014-15 academic year, the named Simmon Scholars include:

2014-15 simmon scholars
Pictured from left to right: Roxana Moraga, Theodore Weiner, Jayson Shiau, Zachary Howard, Namra Aziz