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Undergraduate Research

A distinctive characteristic about NIU that allows us to stand out amongst other universities is the research opportunities available to students. You are able to create a customized course of learning at NIU that is as unique as you are.

Undergraduate research helps students from diverse backgrounds adapt their program of learning to the things that interest them most. When you are able to study about your own culture or delve into a topic that impacts people just like you, you become engaged in your learning in a way that is unlike traditional book learning.

Undergraduate research enhances learning through mentoring relationships with diverse faculty members. You develop critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence. Student retention is increased, as is enrollment in graduate programs providing better career preparation.

Visit the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, otherwise referred to as OSEEL, to learn more about the research opportunities available. 


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Learn more about how our diversity, equity and inclusion goals are being put into action.

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Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
Altgeld Hall 215

815-753-8399
equity@niu.edu

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