The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) gives NIU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct paid, faculty-mentored, research during the summer months. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The program gives participants the chance to develop personally, academically, and professionally through a variety of workshops, field trips, and activities.
All research is substantive, requiring full-time commitment of the student (40 hours/week). In conjunction with the requirements of the faculty mentors, all participants are required to make a final presentation at the Summer Research Symposium. Students participate in supplemental activities (weekly workshops/meetings) to enhance their program experience and preparation for graduate school.
Admission to SROP will be offered on a competitive basis to those individuals who, at the application deadline:
Faculty mentors overseeing SROP students are expected to:
The application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by end of March 2014. Students will be active in their research from June 16 to August 8, 2014.
Students will be awarded a $3,500 stipend. All program participants will be required to live in assigned, on-campus housing. The program will cover all expenses for room and board (double occupancy). Interviews for SROP positions will be conducted on a rolling admission, based on when the students application is submitted (interviews starting January 6, 2014). Students admitted to SROP will be notified at the end of March 2014.
All application materials must be submitted to:
Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning
by 4:30pm on Friday, February 28, 2014.