Undergraduate Research Assistantships


Undergraduate Research Assistantships

The Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) program supports approximately 15-20 students during the fall, spring or summer semesters. The URA program is open to students from all colleges, departments, and majors. Students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

The program offers on-campus employment opportunities for NIU undergraduates.  Students selected for an Undergraduate Research Assistantship are able to work under the guidance of a faculty member in a position that is directly related to their career path and/or academic discipline.  Students will work 10 hours per week and are paid $10 per hour.  Work-study positions are available and encouraged.

The URA Program is coordinated through the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and has cooperating support from Student Employment and the university hiring departments. 

Program Timeline:

Faculty may request one assistantship position to work on their research during the summer, fall, or spring.  Undergraduate Assistants will work 10 hours per week and will receive $10 per hour.  Due to the limited number of positions available, only one URA per faculty member will be allowed.

Application Process:

The faculty application is currently closed.  The student application process is currently closed.

Student Selection:

A listing of Undergraduate Research Assistantships are available here.  All student applicants will follow the instructions outlined on the URA proposals.  Selected faculty will be responsible for choosing a student for their URA and hiring paperwork will be processed through OSEEL.

Timesheets will be completed by the student and signed by the faculty supervisor (or designee) and turned into OSEEL every two weeks.  Late or unsigned timesheets will result in a delay in the student’s pay.