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Undergraduate research students hard at work as big event nears

April 7, 2014
Freshman mechanical engineering student Antonio Aguilar Jr. works with Nicholas Pohlman in the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology.

Freshman mechanical engineering student Antonio Aguilar Jr. works with Nicholas Pohlman in the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology.

As Undergraduate Research & Artistry Day (URAD) gets closer and closer, NIU students are working hard to complete their research and artistry projects.

Some of these students who will be presenting their work are part of the Huskie Research Rookies program.

Huskie Research Rookies links undergraduate first-year, sophomore, and transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project. As a Research Rookie, students learn what research looks like in their fields of study.

Students also learn how to write a formal research proposal, gain experience working alongside talented faculty, attend professional and academic enrichment activities and present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day. It is the perfect way for highly motivated students to connect with one another as well as with supportive faculty and graduate students.

Two students who will be presenting their work at URAD are Antonio Aguilar Jr., a freshman mechanical engineering major, and Lydia Moore, a freshman biological sciences student.

“When people ask me what programs I am in, I am proud to say that I am a Research Rookie because I am part of a team that is dedicated to research,” Aguilar says.

“Being a freshman and having lab experience is a very big deal,” Moore adds. “I am thankful to be given this opportunity and the chance to explore my interests in the field that I love.”

To find out more information on these students and their projects, read Aguilar’s blog or Moore’s blog.

NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning is accepting applications now for the Research Rookies program for the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information, call (815) 753-8154 or email [email protected].