Homeland Security

NIU is a leader in Illinois in the creation of academic programs dedicated to preparing students for careers related to homeland security. Currently the university offers certificates that train students how to help businesses and communities prepare for, react to and recover

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Stagecraft

The School of Theatre and Dance has one of only three academically-based Meisner training programs available nationally. Through SummerNITE, its resident professional company, the School is a member of the elite University Resident Theatre Association. One of 33 theatre programs with ties

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Musical Honors

The School of Music houses the premiere graduate string quartet training program in the nation, and its ensembles have a long record of “best” awards in national competition from Down Beat Magazine. Its graduate program in Jazz Studies is ranked in the

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Public leaders

U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and

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Particle physics

NIU physicists are playing key roles in the world’s most ambitious physics experiment: The “D-Zero” project at Fermilab explores the subatomic universe using the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. NIU professor Gerald Blazey has served as spokesman for the project, which involves

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Frozen clues

NIU Geology Professor Ross Powell is one of the lead researchers on a $30 million drilling project known as ANDRILL, an international effort to recover geologic records buried beneath the Antarctic sea in order to gain a better understanding of contemporary global

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Climate change

NIU’s Geology Department received $2.5 million in recent years to boost research into worldwide climate changes, including global warming. NIU scientists are using a remotely operated submarine to look for causes of global warming under rapidly-melting glaciers in Antarctica.

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All in the family

The Chicago Tribune featured a front-page story on members of the Sereno family after they were awarded the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding alumni award. All six siblings are college alumni. And all now have flourishing scholarly careers—from the

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Moot (court) points

NIU Law students not only participate in external competitions, but excel at them.  Student teams reached the semi-finals in the 2009 John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law, and in 2008 placed second at the

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