Research Brigade


If you are selected as a Research Rookie and are an ROTC, veteran or active military student, you are also able to apply to join the Research Brigade.

In 2014, three trailblazing NIU ROTC students set out on a journey to grow academically and professionally. Under the guidance of faculty mentor, Dr. La Vonne I. Neal, these three cadets began a journey as scholars and leaders in their fields. The result for Cadets (now Active Duty), Karina Avila, Maria Colompos and Shanell Walter led to numerous notable presentations, the publication of numerous articles and eventually a book, Borders, Bras and Battles: A Guide to Mentoring Undergraduate Women to Achieve Career Success. Their success is a testament to the significance of engaged learning and confirms the need to provide students with experiences that challenge them to think critically and own their scholar identity. It is this synergistic partnership that led to the development of the Research Brigade within the Research Rookies program.

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is proud to offer ROTC, veteran and active military students a chance to follow in the footsteps of Avila, Colompos and Walter through participation in faculty-mentored research and artistry projects as a part of the Research Rookies program. Each year, two to four exemplary students will be chosen to participate in the Research Brigade.

If you are an ROTC, veteran or active military student who would like to be a part of the Brigade, please fill out a Research Rookie application.