Research Opportunities


Research provides an excellent opportunity to use textbook knowledge for scientific inquiry, develop critical thinking skills and experience the real wonders of scientific discovery. Here in Chemistry, we offer lots of ways to participate in real world research and preparation for work and graduate studies in the sciences.

With more than 66,000 square feet of research, instructional and office space, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at NIU is well‐equipped for exploration and discovery! Our facilities include an analytical lab with spectroscopic instruments, electronics, glass and machine shops, state‐of‐the‐art computer labs and a library that subscribes to over 200 chemistry periodicals and contains more than 10,000 volumes.

Hands‐on opportunities with faculty

For undergraduates, you are encouraged to find 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 Professional Chemistry (emphasis one) and Biochemistry (emphasis two). 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.

For graduate research projects, check out the many opportunities our faculty are involved in and the many other organizations across campus.