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USOAR 2014

USOAR is a program that funds student-generated research projects, whether the study is conducted on campus, somewhere else in the United States or overseas. USOAR 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.


How does USOAR work?

Share your idea for a research or artistry project with a faculty member. Once the faculty member has approved your idea, complete a proposal and submit it to ugresearch@niu.edu.  Please be sure to include all supplemental materials with your proposal.  Proposals are due on Friday, October 4, 2013 for the fall semester and Friday, February 7, 2014 for the spring semester.  


How can I get more information?

For more information about the USOAR program, come to one of the upcoming info sessions!

For Fall 2013:

  • Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305
  • Wednesday, September 11 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305
  • Wednesday, September 18 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305
  • Thursday, September 19 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305

For Spring 2014:

  • Wednesday, December 4 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 405
  • Thursday, December 5 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 405
  • Tuesday, January 14 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305
  • Wednesday, January 15 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Holmes Student Center, Room 305

More Program Details

Students whose proposals are selected are granted up to $2,500 to carry out their project.  Students have between January 1 and December 31 to complete their USOAR project.  Students must submit documentation (final report, receipts, pictures) to the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning within 6 weeks of completion of their project.

The deadline to submit a USOAR proposal are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Spring Semester: Friday, February 7, 2014