Summer research: get paid, have a blast

Photo of an NIU student conducting research in a lab.NIU is seeking college students who are interested in environmental issues to work on research projects this summer with university scientists.

As many as eight non-NIU undergraduate students will be selected for participation, along with two or three NIU students who will serve as peer mentors. To be eligible to apply, students must have at least 60 earned credit hours, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Selected students will receive free housing on NIU’s campus – and each will be paid a stipend of $4,657. All application materials must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 7.

The students will have opportunities to rub elbows with researchers at federal laboratories, participate in a number of regional workshops and share ideas on topics related to the environment, energy, the economy and ethics.

The research-immersion opportunities are being made possible through a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program hosted by NIU and funded by the National Science Foundation. NIU ran similar, highly successful programs in 2012 and 2013.

Photo of beakers full of chemicalsThe 2014 REU program aims to operate an interdisciplinary research-based think tank, known as Operation ETank, to engage undergraduates on perspectives of sustainability as they work with scientists. The REU program will run from Monday, June 16, through Friday, Aug. 8.

Community college students and undergrads at any college studying biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences and the earth sciences are especially encouraged to apply, although all student applications will be considered.

More information on the program – including a list of professors and their research projects and application information – is available online.

The goal of the REU program is to develop students’ personal and scientific skills to help them mature into young scientists.

For more information on the REU program, contact Michaela Holtz at (815) 753-8154 or via email at etank@niu.edu.

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