Summer spotlight shines on student research

NIU history major Thomas Bouril, part of the Summer Research Opportunities Program, presents his research on access to higher education for Europeans with disabilities.

History major Thomas Bouril presents his Summer Research Opportunities Program project on access to higher education for Europeans with disabilities.

More than 30 undergraduates gave presentations and displayed posters on their research Thursday, Aug. 8, during the Summer Research Programs Symposium inside Altgeld Hall.

The students have been participants in three specially focused programs designed to nurture their interests in science and artistry: Research Experience for Undergraduates, McKearn Summer Research Fellows and the Summer Research Opportunities Program. Each program is eight weeks in duration and provides room and board on campus along with significant stipends for participants.

The students worked with NIU faculty on research topics such as cancer therapy, the workings of the human brain, the effect of climate change on plant species, grasslands restoration, marine biology and even documentary filmmaking.

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