NIU Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Where the study of matter...matters!
Research provides an excellent opportunity to use textbook knowledge for scientific inquiry, develop critical thinking skills, and experience the real wonders of scientific discovery. Participating in real world chemical research is excellent preparation for work and graduate studies in the sciences.
Finding an undergraduate research project involves either joining a research group in the department, or finding a suitable faculty adviser for an independent project of your own design. A good place to start is to look over the Faculty Research Interests page. CHEM 498/499 (Undergraduate Research) provides course credit for research, and is required for majors in the Professional Chemistry (1) and Biochemistry (2) emphases. The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning provides multiple programs which streamline the process of getting involved in research and provide additional opportunities and benefits along the way, enhancing the overall experience.