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NIU PROMISE Scholars program impresses National Science Foundation

NIU’s PROMISE Scholars Program presented highlights of the program’s progress to a National Science Foundation review team in the spring. All award recipients are required during their third-year review in Washington, D.C., to present their progress. Funded in 2011 by a five-year,

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Advancing STEM education: Priming the Pump

The PROMISE Scholars Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, will offer two opportunities to support students’ interests in NIU research and STEM professional development. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, the PROMISE Scholars will host a STEM conference

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NIU’s QuarkNet gives high school students, teachers glimpse into world of particle physics

Accompanied by their teachers, a dozen high school students visited DeKalb this week to participate in the 2013 QuarkNet Summer Institute hosted by the NIU Department of Physics. QuarkNet, founded in 1995, is a professional teacher development program funded by the National

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Engineering professor, students use NSF grant to examine sources of green, renewable energy

Renewable energy is a rapidly growing area of study in today’s world. As the population begins to use up other natural resources such as coal and oil, the future of energy is clean, green and renewable. At the NIU College of Engineering

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Chemistry’s Tao Xu receives CAREER grant worth $400K from National Science Foundation

NIU professor Tao Xu, who has developed a promising nanoscience research program in solar energy conversion, is now getting a big boost from the National Science Foundation. NSF awarded the chemistry and biochemistry professor with a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)

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Biochemistry professor James Horn awarded grants from American Heart Association, NSF

NIU assistant biochemistry professor James Horn is reaping a windfall of grants that will help him and his students study how proteins interact with other molecules—work that could have far reaching benefits from improving our understanding of biological regulation to detecting and

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