Undergraduate Research Assistantships begin, applications now available for summer, beyond

Undergraduate Research AssistantshipThe Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program is a new initiative of the Great Journeys Strategic Plan to expand the opportunities for students to work on faculty mentored research.

URAs will support approximately 15 to 20 students during the fall or spring semesters or the summer term.

The program offers on-campus employment opportunities for NIU undergraduates.

Students selected for Undergraduate Research Assistantships are able to work under the guidance of a faculty member in a position that is directly related to their career path and/or academic discipline.

Proposals for URA positions are now being accepted.

Faculty can request one assistantship position to work on their research during the summer 2012, fall 2012 or spring 2013. Undergraduate assistants will work 10 hours a week and earn $10 per hour. Work-study positions are available and encouraged.

Because of the limited number of positions available, only one URA per faculty member will be allowed.

Faculty interested in hosting an undergraduate research assistant should complete the online URA proposal form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. Proposals will be reviewed and funded URA positions will be announced in mid-April.

Contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at (815) 753-8154 or ugresearch@niu.edu with any questions.

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