Get paid to do research

Looking to gain experience that will prepare you for your future career? Interested in building your skills in communication and critical thinking, two of the most sought-after qualities for today’s employers? If you answered yes, then you should consider applying for one of the many undergraduate research programs provided by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL).

During the summer and fall 2017 semesters, undergraduates have an opportunity to apply for Student Engagement Funds (SEF) to support undergraduate student engagement projects. SEF provides funding for mentored student research or community-based research projects, faculty-led study abroad programs, and travel to conferences or competitions. Applications for summer and fall 2017 SEF are currently available and being accepted until March 15.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) allows students to engage in full-time faculty-mentored research (40-plus hours/week) for an eight-week period during the summer semester. Weekly workshops, meetings and educational trips allow students to learn what research looks like in their field of study while gaining experience writing and presenting formal research. Selected participants receive housing, meals and a stipend during the duration of the program. Applications for SROP are available and have a deadline of Feb. 19.

For more information on undergraduate research or any of the above-mentioned programs, contact an OSEEL staff member at UGResearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

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