Hot! Students engage in summer research

Ten join Summer Research Opportunities Program cohort

Students pose in front of the Field Museum’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sue.

Students pose in front of the Field Museum’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sue.

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning has announced its first cohort for the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

In its inaugural year, SROP is made up of 10 students representing three colleges and eight majors. Students in SROP have designed research projects ranging from studying human hepatocellular carcinomas to depression rates among homosexual Hispanic males.

All SROP participants will present their research Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Research Symposium in Altgeld Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Gabriela Arriaga
Physics
Faculty Mentor: Yasuo Ito
Jacob Lawrence
Community Leadership & Civic Engagement
Faculty Mentor: Alicia Schatteman
Usman Beg
Electrical Engineering & Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: R Meganathan
Laura Rodriguez
Public Health Administration
Faculty Mentor: Arlene Keddie
Thomas Bouril
History
Faculty Mentor: Nancy Castle
Sumeet Sandhu
Economics
Faculty Mentor: Jeremy Groves
Casey Heuer
Geography
Faculty Mentor: James Wilson
Joshua Stevens
Physics
Faculty Mentor: Larry Lurio
Zachary Howard
Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Barrie Bode
Evan Wittke
Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Barrie Bode

Regardless of the type of project, the 10 participants in this year’s program are gaining invaluable experience gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information under the mentorship of some of the university’s top faculty. In addition, the students have participated in several supplemental workshops and field trips that have ranged from a trip to the Field Museum to a tour at Fermilab.

For more information about SROP or the Research Symposium, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at (815) 753-8154 or ugresearch@niu.edu.

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