Summer research opportunities available

NIU undergraduate student Larissa Root presents research in Washington, D.C.

NIU undergraduate student Larissa Root presents research in Washington, D.C.

The summer weeks are a great time for undergraduate students to participate in internships and research programs.

These opportunities provide students the ability to apply theories and ideas learned in the classroom to hands-on work in the lab or conducting field work. One opportunity NIU undergraduate students can participate in is the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

SROP is an eight-week program for sophomores, juniors, and some seniors to conduct paid, faculty-mentored, research over the summer weeks. The program gives participants the chance to develop personally, academically, and professionally through a variety of workshops, field trips and activities.

Student applications are now open for SROP and are due to the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

2013 SROP participant Evan Wittke conducts research in biology.

2013 SROP participant Evan Wittke conducts research in biology.

However, numerous opportunities exist at universities, colleges, and organizations across the country for students interested in completing research off-campus.

OSEEL has identified many programs available for students to participate in this coming summer. A complete list of these programs is available online. Specifically, look to the other opportunities off-campus site to find the names, contact info, and application deadlines for programs all across the United States.

Many programs are open to students majoring in social sciences, technology, physical sciences and other related areas.

Don’t wait! Deadlines for applications range from Monday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 7.

Students are also encouraged to explore the websites of other universities and organizations to find programs above and beyond the list identified on the OSEEL site.

For more information, call (815) 753-8154 or email ugresearch@niu.edu.

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