Student Engagement Fund autumn application deadline nears

NIU student Rebekah Ernat visited Madagascar.
NIU student Rebekah Ernat visited Madagascar.

The Student Engagement Fund is currently accepting funding applications for Fall 2016 activities through Tuesday, March 15.

The Student Engagement Fund is a collaborative effort by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide stipends for students working on faculty-mentored research projects and to support undergraduate student engagement projects.

Funding is available exclusively to undergraduate students.

All NIU students can apply for stipends to work on faculty-mentored research projects and travel to conferences. College of Liberal Arts and Science undergraduates can apply for additional funding to cover a wide range of expenses related to a student engagement activity.

Undergraduate students may apply on their own behalf. Faculty can also apply for funding on behalf of students working on research projects or service learning projects. Faculty can also apply for funding on behalf of students to be used for group travel expenses and student expenses for conferences and competitions.

Students requesting funding should be in good academic standing. All applications must be submitted through the online application.

Projects categories are:

  • Mentored student research projects: Funding for undergraduate research projects initiated by students or faculty to cover a student’s stipend (hourly paid assistantship position) and research related expenses for equipment, software, travel, etc.
  • Mentored service learning projects: Funding for undergraduate service learning projects initiated by students or faculty to cover a student’s stipend (hourly paid assistantship position) and service learning related expenses for equipment, software, travel, etc. Funding is only available to projects involving College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students and/or faculty.
  • NIU faculty-led Study Abroad programs and Field schools (domestic and abroad): Funding can cover expenses incurred by the students participating in a study abroad program. Funding is only available to projects involving College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students and/or faculty.
  • Travel to conferences or competitions, group travel for class activity: Funding can cover travel expenses incurred by the students. Projects may be mentored by faculty or staff, as appropriate.

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

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