Natalie Andzik and Xiaodan Hu were selected to participate in the Principal Investigator (PI) Academy, sponsored by the NIU Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.

Natalie Andzik and Xiaodan Hu
Natalie Andzik and Xiaodan Hu

College of Education faculty members Natalie Andzik and Xiaodan Hu were selected to participate in the Principal Investigator (PI) Academy, sponsored by the NIU Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.

The PI Academy hosts a professional development series that explores the range of activities of a successful investigator, including competitive positioning, grant writing, project management, research compliance, responsible conduct of research, working with sponsoring agencies and sustaining funding over the long-term.

It also offers an external mentorship program that supports the research culture by bringing respected scholars to campus for lectures, colloquiums and possible meetings with students.

Select faculty are matched with senior mentors from different U.S. institutions. Mentors work with the NIU faculty over the ensuing year by providing advice and mentoring around one grant proposal or publication.

Andzik, an assistant professor in the Department of Special and Early Education, and Hu, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, expect to learn the names of their mentors soon.

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