Looking to gain experience that will prepare you for your future career? Interested in building your skills in writing and oral communication and critical thinking, two of the most sought-after qualities for today’s employers?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should consider applying for one of the many undergraduate research programs provided by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL). Undergraduates can apply for Student Engagement Funds (SEF) to support undergraduate student engagement projects in the summer and fall 2017 semesters. 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 being accepted until March 15.
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) allows students to engage in full-time faculty-mentored research (40-plus hours per 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 now and have a deadline of Feb. 19.
Finally, students who are looking for a more independent opportunity to engage in their own research and artistry projects are encouraged to apply for the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) program. Awards of up to $2,500 support original research and creative activities by undergraduates working with a faculty mentor. USOAR recipients have a year to complete their projects. USOAR proposals are currently being accepted and have a deadline of Feb. 15.
For more information on undergraduate research or any of the above programs, contact an OSEEL staff member at UGResearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.