Undergraduate Research

Resources for Undergraduate Research

Organizations and Journals

  • National Conferences on Undergraduate Research
    The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students.
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
    The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.
  • American Journal of Undergraduate Research
    A refereed journal for undergraduate research in the pure and applied sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, and related areas in education.
  • The National Science Foundation
    The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
    The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities.  The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers.  SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
  • Biology Labs for Undergraduates at NIU
    This fellowship program provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research in the Great Lakes Region under the mentorship of an individual scientist or professional.  Summer fellowships are available in a broad range of fields, including Aquatic Ecology, Archaeological, Data Analysis, Hydrology, Physical Oceanography, Climate, Outreach and Communications, and Invasive Species.     
    IAESTE is the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, a global organization which maintains consultative and operational relations with United Nations, European Union and Organization of American States.
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition
    Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.
  • Undergraduate Research Community
    Sponsored by the Kappa Omicron Nu Leadership Academy in partnership with Board on Human Sciences, NASULGC; Council of Administrators of Family & Consumer Sciences; Higher Education Unit - American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences; 1890 Council of Administrators. This initiative will create a framework and community to augment the scholarship of learning and teaching in preparing students for graduate education, the workplace, and responsible citizenship. It will serve as a catalyst for increasing the experiential content of undergraduate education in the human sciences. In other words, this project develops a model to advance both undergraduate student development and a national undergraduate research agenda for the human sciences.
  • Pathways to Science