NIU Research Rookies named for 2015-16 academic year

URAD 2014NIU’s 2015-16 cohort of Research Rookies has been named.

Research Rookies  links undergraduate freshmen, sophomore and first-semester transfer students with faculty mentors in their major or area of interest to conduct a small-scale research project.

A total of 47 NIU undergraduate students have been named as Research Rookies for the program’s fifth year on campus. This year’s cohort represent six undergraduate colleges and more than 20 departments. Research Rookies have come from as close as DeKalb and as far away as Tokyo, Japan.

As a Research Rookie, students will:

  • learn what research looks like in their field of study;
  • learn how to write a formal research proposal;
  • gain experience working alongside talented faculty;
  • attend professional and academic enrichment activities;
  • present their work at the annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day; and
  • receive a $500 stipend at the completion of the program

During the 2014-15 academic year, Research Rookies conducted projects across many disciplines including biological sciences, history, physics, public administration, accountancy and art.

Image of moleculesJayson Shiau, freshman electrical and computer engineering major, worked with Reza Hashemian on a project dealing with digital design and robotic vision technology. Being a Research Rookie means “I need to take the initiative to learn from my peers and apply what I learn to my future career,” Shiau said.

Miracle Diala, sophomore biochemistry major, spent his 2014-15 Research Rookies year working with Marc Adler on a project titled, “Molecular Switch Fluorophores.” To Diala, being a Research Rookie means “having both am inquisitive mind and the will to satisfy your thirst for knowledge in a humble and cooperative way.”

Participating in Research Rookies is the perfect way for highly motivated students to connect with one another as well as with supportive faculty and staff. Past Research Rookies have gone on to become:

For more information, call (815) 753-8156 or email ResearchRookies@niu.edu.

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