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Research funding awarded to faculty and staff saw a healthy spike in Fiscal Year 2018, according to the new annual report from NIU’s Sponsored Programs Administration. Funding for NIU research surged 26 percent over the previous year to $12.2 million. Federal agencies provided 90 percent of NIU’s research funding, supporting work across a wide array...
NSF grant paves way for paid summer research experiences in Estonia Travel to northern Europe. Work with leading scientists. Conduct real-world—and really important—research on climate change. And get paid! This isn’t a too-good-to-be-true offer. It’s a new project that will involve small groups of select students who will travel to historic and picturesque Estonia to...
A $1 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Northern Illinois University will provide scholarships and mentoring for high-achieving, low-income students pursuing STEM degrees. Spearheaded by Ralph Wheeler, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program will benefit 46 students over a...
Mary Beth Henning and Sadie Filipski When Sadie Filipski heard an offer to assist in research that she knew would impact her eventual career as an elementary school teacher, she volunteered immediately. “Going into something so relatable to what I’m going to be doing was so exciting,” says Filipski, a senior Elementary Education major. “I wanted to...
As word spread around the NIU campus about the new and rare User Experience Lab in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA), interest in its possibilities grew immediately. Brainwave monitors! Remote eye trackers! Mobile eye trackers! “Students were contacting me,” says Fatih Demir, assistant professor in ETRA, “to ask, ‘What kind of...
NIU’s Gerald Blazey, vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships, will participate in an upcoming roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., on the economic impact of fundamental scientific research. Sponsored by the Science Coalition and Association of American Universities, the event will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (Central Time) Wednesday, July 18, and will be...
Instead of kicking off the summer with a relaxing break, NIU researchers have been busy breaking new ground. In a two-week span during June, NIU scientists served as lead authors on three separate articles appearing in prestigious Nature Research journals, while other researchers also were getting their work noticed in highly respected publications. Nature Nanotechnology...
A new umbrella safety policy approved earlier this year will touch virtually every NIU department and spur creation of function-specific sub-policies across campus. A joint effort by the divisions of Research and Innovation Partnerships and Administration and Finance, the NIU Health and Safety Policy serves as an overarching guide for development of college and department-level...
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